Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


More So

by Todd Boss

Whoever they are, these friends of ours
seem not the least self-conscious
sharing the indiscreet details
of how they met and how they courted

half as long ago as we. They purr
like cats lapping cream from the same
little bowl, their whiskers nixing.
(Is it really so simple for some—

their stories no more complex
than TV listings?)
                            It comes our turn.

I try: “For us, love was always complex,”
and everything changes, like a badly

timed commercial. My wife agrees,
thank heaven, though she won’t get a hearing.

“Love is complex,” someone repeats,
clearing plates and offering: “More to drink?”

but it’s late, and more so than they think.

Todd Boss was born and raised in Fall Creek and now lives in St Paul. He is the author of two books of poetry, yellowrocket (2002) and Pitch (2012) both from W. W. Norton. “More So” is reprinted with the author’s permission. For more about Todd visit poetryfoundation.org/bio/todd-boss

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Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.