Intersection by Murfreesboro, TN’s Poet Laureate Kory Wells

In celebration of Kory Wells’ appointment as the 2017 Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro, TN, we reproduce her poem “Intersection” below, which originally appeared in New Southerner in 2009. In the Cultural Arts Murfreesboro announcement of the inaugural Laureates, Wells observes that “poetry is a meaningful way to slow down, if only for a short while, and observe, explore, and empathize.”



The newcomer:

When we moved here
that road was two lanes
now it’s two plus two
plus the turn lane
and it needs to be
three plus three
but they’ve got
to keep a median
somehow it’s crazy
in this traffic
it takes me thirty minutes
to cross town and
it’s not getting any better.

The old-timer:

When we moved here
that road was a pig path
on a farm
miles outside the city limits
with only a few houses
within shouting distance
and now they’re not
but ten feet apart. Why
it’s crazy. You could open up
your window and hand
your neighbor a piece of toast.


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Kory Wells is author of Heaven was the Moon, poetry from March Street Press. Winner of the 2016 HeartWood Broadside Series and a two-time finalist for the Rash Award for Poetry, Kory’s work appears in numerous print and online publications, including The Southerner Poetry Anthology from Texas Review Press. In 2017 Kory was selected the inaugural poet laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she’s lived most of her life. A software developer for many years, Kory’s now a poetry mentor with MTSU Write and is principal founder and curator of Poetry in the Boro. She also advocates for democracy, afternoon naps, and other good causes.

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