I have written an entire manuscript of interactions with Nicole Terez-Dutton's If One Of Us Should Fall. We even did a show together where we went back and forth between her poems and my interactions.
This new poem is a combination of themes she explores in the book: the constant motion/traveling of the book's narrative, and the book's rhapsodizing of potential in the "Almost" poems.
A Catalog Of Places We've Almost Been
California was an accident
of possibility and sunlight Neither of us wanted
temperance We considered
kansas The flatness of your mother's eyes
when the tow truck driver gifted me your last name
Her voice dipped
I want to talk about
your eyes No map
Traveling by instinct
Vast and only partially
chartable But we don't talk
anatomy We discuss only the immediate
future New orleans The dakotas We don't talk about
the place we agreed not to talk about
anymore Happy Content Honest
Our bloodstreams intersection clogged
with montana until even
mosquitoes couldn't taste the difference
An ongoing conversation between writers and the text that they're reading.