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Talk to you tonight,
I wrote this morning, knowing
it would only be the afternoon
where you are, will be,
whole neighborhood still
wrapped in a tule fog
that won’t let up—so you reported
before supper
                       while I slept.
I almost wrote this afternoon
instead, taking your point
of view, dissolving into it—
but then imagined
you half-awake, and irked,
into my future/current noon
texting for clarification.


Copyright © 2015 by Nate Klug. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 3, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“This poem was written as my partner and I were preparing to move, from the Central time zone to the Pacific. For a little while, she was out there before me. The displacement allowed for a kind of imaginative transference—to a point, at least.”
Nate Klug


Nate Klug

Nate Klug is the author of Hosts and Guests (Princeton University Press, 2020) and Anyone (University of Chicago Press, 2015). 

Date Published: 2015-07-03

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