Adrienne Christian is a poet & writer, editor, and fine art photographer. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, CALYX, phoebe, The Los Angeles Review as The Editor’s Choice, and dozens other journals and magazines. She is the author of two poetry collections, 12023 Woodmont Avenue (Willow Books, 2013) and A Proper Lover (Main Street Rag, 2017). She is a fellow of both Cave Canem and Callaloo Writing Residencies. In 2007, she won the University of Michigan’s Five Under Ten Young Alumni Award. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove International Poetry Award. In 2018, she won the James Gaffney/Society of American Poets Outstanding Poetry Award. In 2019, she won the Marie Sandoz/ Prairies Schooner Short Story Award.
Living Alone in Nebraska
It's pretty Difficult to be sad Outside In glorious Nebraska Autumn On the balcony of your apartment A chenille Cornhusker blanket On your bare legs You are wearing a little robe Writing The dog's sitting near Captivated at squirrels Dumpster-diving Coming up with ketchup'd fries One of then found a tub of hummus Due to your allergies you Smell little But you can feel now Your loneliness Will pass As seasons always Have.
the hawk is out
wind around us rattles the windows like a demon shaking the shoulders of a soul seller the sound his jangling teeth make the sound the windowpanes make it’s the hawk out there going to get in like a thief a rent collector pregnant possum circling this home climbing on top dropping the temperature inside and everywhere candle wicks stay lit although barely even carpeted floors requires socks shoe-bottomed slippers and worried attention. all around us the hawk his teeth and muscles.