To Navigate Grief

Adhere its bulk

to the wall.  No,

it’s not the day

and night greet

of a Chagall, or


Monet’s red

poppies, but the

gray acrylic slate

of canvas affixed

with Command

Strip, bonded

and bound to

catch memories

like fly strip,

anchored wings

and legs hitched

to stick, braced

by sharp right

angles, connected

by time, memory.


Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing Alaskan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska Anchorage), has authored two books of poetry - What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018) and Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017) – and is the poetry editor of Alaska Women Speak.