Sunday, December 10, 2023



I’ve been traveling lately 
without you. Remember that 
time you said I was the flower 
drawn in the corners of maps 
by careful cartographers to give 
you guidance? A lodestar leading 
you so you may not be alone— 
may find your way back home. 
I got word you miss me, but it 
doesn’t show in your ways. Now 
you leave home with just your 
smartphone and trust in GPS— 
a guiding hand, a trying-to-be-
charming voice—and you’re made 
to feel comfortably lost never 
knowing where you are except 
on the way, as far as I can tell. 
Is that like falling in love? You 
know, my face was first traced 
by the winds I kissed the mouths 
of, as have many men—explorers 
and those who came after— 
looking to see the world. Best 
of luck along your way 
to where you want to be.


Sean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods (Milkweed 
Editions, 2014), awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Blood Ties & 
Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008), named one of the Ten Books All Georgians 
Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book. Hill has received 
numerous awards, including fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the 
Bush Foundation, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
Hill’s poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, New England 
Review, Orion, Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, 
and in over two dozen anthologies including Black Nature, Villanelles, and Cascadia 
Field Guide. A volume of poems selected from Blood Ties & Brown Liquor and 
Dangerous Goods has been translated and published in Korean. Hill lives in 
southwestern Montana with his family and is a professor of creative writing at the 
University of Montana. 


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