The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: E. Kristin Anderson’s “A Guide for the Practical Abductee”


Unicorn in Central Park

You’ve heard the city is magic –
it’s why I came, knowing
I’d be a workhorse, carting tourists
down Fifth Avenue, donning bells
that clank. Never a jingle.

            Hiding – it should be simple.
The carousel, though, it reflects truths
where I am a lie.

Magic – this city has it, sure: The first snow,
a kiss in the park, the off off Broadway theatres
exposing names in lights.

I am just another creature with feet touching
           wet pavement. Myth is a line blurred
               between starlet and waitress,
                       between horse and cart.

There are worlds here
which we render invisible.
The wind in my hair, a girl’s breath,
a last ride in the settling dusk.

This selection comes from E. Kristin Anderson’s A Guide for the Practical Abductee, available now from Red Bird Chapbooks. Purchase your copy here!

Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who 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 ofDear Teen Me,an anthology based on the popular website and her YA memoir The Summer of Unraveling is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of five chapbooks: A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press) and A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks) Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), Acoustic Battery Life (forthcoming from ELJ Publications) and 17 Days (forthcoming from Choose the Sword Press). Kristin an editor at NonBinary Review, helps make books at Lucky Bastard Press, and is a poetry editor at  Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. She now lives in Austin, TX where she works as a freelance editor and writing coach and is trying to trick someone into publishing her full-length collection of erasure poems based on women’s and teen magazines. She blogs at and tweets at @ek_anderson.

Hunter Parsons is a senior at Kalamazoo College pursuing a degree in English with a writing emphasis. She has been published in The Cauldron, Kalamazoo College’s literary magazine, and is being mentored by poet Diane Seuss. When she’s not writing, being a plant mom, or advocating for young women’s self esteem, Hunter is baking and organizing her ever-growing make-up collection.


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