This piece is compiled from the first few months of emails between Émilie Kneifel and Nivretta Thatra. They are scientists, poets, and long-distance best friends who met in person only once, two years before they found each other. As writers, they independently found their personal journal entries to be overwhelmed by minutiae and fractured identities—but when they used emails to journal in each other’s directions, they gentled. They became artists, naming from the eyes of the other.

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