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So much of our lives is spent in transit that it's easy to take for granted the road underneath us, always assuming it’ll be there to get us where we need to go. Imagine the stories we could learn if roads could talk. In her new book of poetry, Failure to Merge, Micah Ruelle personifies Interstate 35, giving it a voice that is hard, edgy and wise. I-35 is the only highway to cross the U.S. from north to south, and Micah credits it as the highway that raised her. Her book is a series of letters that address the differences between its borders, its infamous exits, and how the changes we desperately need to make as a nation must first begin with ourselves.

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