Poetry. Patrick Durgin and Jen Hofer met in a supermarket in Iowa City in 1998. They have not lived in the same city since 1999. Jen currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches poetics in the MFA Writing Program at CalArts and works as a court interpreter. Patrick now lives in Chicago, teaching literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute. THE ROUTE chronicles ten years of their efforts to theorize and practice an aesthetics of political engagement based in epistolary and collaborative forms of writing.