I Love All the Space Photos

I Love All the Space Photos

by E. Kristin Anderson

We were talking about having those nightmares.
(I’ve started saying those words out loud.)
You wake up sweating;
I got two cuts.

I’ve started saying those words out loud—
believe it or not, it took a while.
I got two cuts,
I swear, a week later.

Believe it or not, it took a while,
running on only a few hours of sleep;
I swear, a week later,
you’re an artist.

Running on only a few hours of sleep,
you wake up sweating,
you’re an artist.
We were talking
about having those nightmares.
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(This is a found poem. Source material: “Life on the M Train” by Carissa Rosenberg Tozzi Seventeen, March 2015, pages 112-117.)

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E. Kristin Anderson’s first two chapbooks came out recently: A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and two more are forthcoming: Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Acoustic Battery Life (ELJ Publications, 2016). Her nonfiction anthology, Dear Teen Me (Zest Books, distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2012), is based on the popular website of the same name. She has worked at The New Yorker magazine, has a B.A. in Classics from Connecticut College and is currently an online editor for the YA & Children’s section of Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. She has published poetry in many magazines worldwide, including Contemporary Verse 2, Hotel Amerika, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Cicada. Her work is also forthcoming in Room and Juked. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com.

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