Note from Kai: Most railroad yards have catch-out spots, or jungles, where train riders wait for a ride. Often these jungles are covered in tags and monikers people have graffitied onto the walls. This poem is mostly a "found poem" compiled from tags in the Northtown Yard in Minneapolis.
Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail (BOA Editions, 2018). He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and The Missouri Review, which awarded him the 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine, and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, has screened at film festivals across the country. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and is a lecturer at Stanford University.