Mary Jean Chan is a dear friend of mine from college and a remarkably talented poet. This past weekend I got to see her after over a year and half apart. We decided to read poetry together and read Li-Young Lee’s “The City in which I Love You”, a collection of Mary Oliver’s poems and some Rilke. It was such a wonderful feeling to read the poetry aloud–poetry should be enjoyed out loud. Anyways, we were inspired after this and timed ourselves for 10 minutes to do a free-write on the topic of family. We each wrote separate pieces and at the end of the 10 minutes came together and combined our poems. The piece you see here is the outcome of that and the different handwriting corresponds to each of what we wrote. We were so pleasantly surprised by the outcome that we vowed to write more poetry together in the future. Enjoy!