The One That Kicks It Off

by E. Kristin Anderson
I was songs. A notably blue illusion.
     He gave me summer, passed,
        a mere afterthought, lights low.

Your shoes became context
     in which a story seethed,
        divided bad luck.

I wondered. I loved. Lives root,
   heroines earned a blizzard.

         Kissed, cursing:
the gift of loneliness stifled.

Source material: “Sarah Smile,” by Ben Dickinson. Elle, July 2014, page 100. “The Right Fighty,” by Seth Plattner. Elle, July 2014, page 100. “A Fateful Friendship,” by Lisa Shea. Elle, July 2014, page 102. “Southern Songbird,” by Elyse Moody. Elle, July 2014, page 102.

E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Kristin is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press) and A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks). She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. She now lives in Austin, Texas and blogs at

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