I'm surprised I didn't see the article. I'm surprised I didn't see Plumly, since I live "off a side road near Staunton." Plumly recounts getting off the highway (he doesn't name I-81, but that's the road) to look at the landscape:
It was a golden day, actually. The fields falling away in front of me were one kind after another -- pasture, lapsed meadow, cut corn, a few trees, then forest, then pine and hardwood going on and on up the mountains.Yep, that's it. He says he went home and wrote the poem, "Off a Side Road Near Staunton," which you can read by clicking on the link above.
Plumly's not the only one of late to pull off I-81 and write about the experience. I blogged recently about a Sam Shepard story in Zoetrope: Thor's Day (Highway 81 North, Staunton, Virginia). So much attention for our little neck of the woods!