You've always gotten back to your room
E. Kristin Anderson
  Early this evening      you wore your first
  invitation, just to be funny—   what a mistake they made
  gone, for a moment       following me.     I saw in the mirror
                 this music, the way        this thing really matters to me.
                            Pretty far in the future         (in the dark, of course)
                                                you’ve done this before.

  Take it back. I don’t want it.     Wait until four in the afternoon,
  turn on the air conditioning,          I think it will       look just beautiful
  for a summer dance,    so very different:    This is the time,
  Little Miss Sunshine.          You’re going to crack your face someday.
                          The same way every time
                                              we honor her request    (it looks real enough):
                                                                      all those secrets      swallow it.

This is a found poem using speech and quotations from the following sources:

Duncan, Lois. Daughters of Eve. Revised Paperback ed. New York: Little, Brown, 2011. 2-4, 8-9, 13. Print.

Duncan, Lois. Down a Dark Hall. 2nd ed. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell for Young Readers, 1990. 114, 116, 118-19. Print.

Duncan, Lois. I Know What You Did Last Summer. Revised Paperback ed. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 70. Print.

Duncan, Lois. Summer of Fear. 2nd ed. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1990. 83-86. Print.

E. Kristin Anderson is a multi-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 of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website and her next anthology, Hysteria: Writing the female body, is forthcoming from Sable Books. She is currently curating Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture for ELJ Publications. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of eight chapbooks 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), She Witnesses (dancing girl press), and We’re Doing Witchcraft (Hermeneutic Chaos Press). Kristin is Special Projects Manager for ELJ 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 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.

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