THESE STREETS

J. Edward Moss & John Burgess

My nephew Jordan Edward Moss camped out along the Genesee River in Rochester, N.Y., near the shores of great Lake Ontario on ancestral lands of the Senecas of the Iroquois Nation. And I ensconced in the fort at Seattle, Wash., on the shores of Puget Sound on ancestral land of the Duwamish tribe. We are 2 poets riffing on shared titles from 2 cities on 2 shores. Responding to each other’s lines with corresponding lines that complement and collide, dance like jazz musicians or slam like punks or stumble home like drunken beat poets. Stopping the rush for a moment to see what’s left.

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