This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Automotive by Ceridwen Hall, released by Finishing Line Press in 2020.
Self : Driving
I cross Indiana, northward and west. Green sharpens some pastures; others are mud. My thoughts stretch linear, then they scatter. Clouds waver and gleam on the faces of ponds. Watching the new calves’ shivering walk reflected, I consider the promise of driverless cars. Untether a threat. Absent need to steer, would I tend—and to what? Automobile already means self-moving. If a trance arises between hesitations—momentum suspends me— errors remain possible, and decisions.
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