The process of getting from Point A to Point Z can be twisted indeed.
Martin recommended a poem to John: Thomas Lux’s “The People of the Other Village”. John loved the poem. It became the very rough inspiration for “In That Place Down the Way From This Other Place,” the piece which ends Poets’ Guide to America. In the process of becoming, their poem transformed into something different in scope and intent. Instead of a meditation on two antagonistic communities, it became an exploration of the next world over from this one — perhaps another country, perhaps a parallel dimension, perhaps the afterlife — where things are more and less than they are in this world.
Prior to wrapping up Poets’ Guide to America, “In That Place Down the Way From This Other Place” will appear in the next issue of Arroyo Literary Review, a print-based annual publication of California State University, East Bay.