• Poet C.S. Giscombe’s ideas about the railroad, mobility, migration, and location, especially as expressed in his book Here.
• The feeling of driving around in the mountains.
• A road trip feeling, but doomed, like in Lolita.
• The word “radio.”
• The experience of seeing a wild turkey while driving.
• The phrase “we love what doesn’t make us feel stupid.”
• The phrase “a ballad is just a slo-o-ow song.”
• Disorienting shifts in scale.
• The phrase “in my mind it’s already over.”
Alice Bolin's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, FIELD, Guernica, Blackbird, and Washington Square, among other journals. Her nonfiction shows up regularly in places like This Recording, The Paris Review Daily, Popmatters, and The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. She lives in Missoula, Montana.