National Poetry Month: Local poem of the week

This week’s featured poem is by Christy NaMee Eriksen, one of the organizers of the monthly Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam & Open Mic.



So…. do you scribble here often?


Allow me to alliterate how achingly amazing you are in the anachronistic afternoon.


I never believed in love at first draft, but - reviewing you - I can’t picture a single revision.


I enjoy banned books and I like long walks at the library.


Is that a sonnet in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 

Is that a verb on your body? Cause I really wanna do it.


There is not a form that can contain you,

not a rhyme scheme that I want you to end on,

If you were acrostic,

I would fall into your letters,

get lost in your center,

your name would be my backbone.


I am 16 syllables and you are the one.


Baby, there ain’t no stem high enough,

ain’t no root low enough,

to keep me from

prefixing you. 


My love,

I heard you order dinner in iambic pentameter.

I appreciate your personifications of the weather.

I’m tired of all these young similes, I want a real metaphor, someone who is.

You make the line breaks in my heart feel like a stanza.


Sit here:

next to my raven,

be a man of your word,

let me read between your lines

and highlight passages of your breath, my favorite sections.


Let’s go outside:

I will grip you like a lifetime of leaves in Walt Whitman’s grass, like tripping over Nikki Giovanni’s ego, like an amethyst rock slung by Saul Williams, like a tree between Yusuf Komunyakaa and a sniper’s bullet, like Langston Hughes’ night, like the stars, the sun, my people,

You must be an allusion!


I will invite you to my secret places,

I will spill my coffee on your corners,

I will rip you out, fold you up, carry you with me.


Solitary poet,

raise your eyes,

tuck your pen to bed,

and while all your

demons are sleeping,






I will whisper synonyms into your skin like a thesaurus in heat if you will open me.


Come here.

Let me give you something to write about.

-- by Christy NaMee Eriksen


Sun, 03/19/2017 - 16:37

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