So my wife says that I shouldn’t just post poems (or excerpts) without explaining why. So here’s why I posted the excerpt from “The Topography of History.” I’m very interested in the ideas of continuity and change. I love the image of the river that is both constant (you can draw it on a map) and flowing (someday that water will reach the ocean). I feel like that. There are all these selves that I’ve lived at different times of my life, in different places and with different people, but I’m still myself. Or at least I want to believe I’m always myself, that there is some sort of me that is constant. But I know I’ve changed. A lot. Sometimes I feel like a stranger, to others and to myself. And that’s why I’ve started this blog: to chronicle some of that change, to understand my history, to not lose my love down the river.