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Salt, Sparkle, Fresh
E. Kristin Anderson
Writer of the Month

Photo by  Elijah Hail  on  Unsplash

Photo by Elijah Hail on Unsplash

Only a true spell
of fittingly glamorous phenomena
repaired sunstruck imagination—

I look around,
translate the beauty of faery,
soaking flowers in summer.

I learned how
to see freckles, look sexy.
The echelon comes from seeing beyond


Source material: “Fantasy Island” by April Long. Elle, August 2014, page 138.

E. Kristin Anderson is a poet, Prince fan, Starbucks connoisseur, and glitter enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me and her next anthology, Hysteria: Writing the female body, is forthcoming from Sable Books. She is currently working on Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture with Anomalous Press. Kristin is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry including 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), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), We’re Doing Witchcraft (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), and 17 seventeen, XVII (Grey Book Press). Kristin is an editor and designer at Red Paint Hill and was formerly a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. Find her online at and on twitter at @ek_anderson.