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Kai Carlson-Wee

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Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail (BOA Editions, 2018). A former Wallace Stegner fellow, he teaches poetry at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco, California.

by this poet


Don’t go in search of the perfect word.
Don’t go looking for signs of redemption,
the purified water of gods. The language
will enter your mouth when it needs to.
The beauty will find you. The meaning
will come. Don’t go smiling. Don’t go
certain of one true voice. Go ambiguous,