Kersten Christianson – Curios


Welcome to the Museum of Marvels!
Come in from the mizzle,
into the making of moonlight.
where the masqued mummer spins

a frozen pirouette.
Mog into the annex, note
the kitschy painting of the maroon
bowl mud sliding its rim with blue mussels

and sweet mazzards.
Like the muezzin calling the faithful
to prayer, the mockingbird medlies
a magical tune from the maze

of a musty annex. Meditate
upon the diorama exhibit
of a taxidermal muskox,
museful in its wide

meanderings of muskeg.
Come! Muddle through a mystic’s
archive of stuffed mallards, of mammoth
tusk. Curate your mango-sweet


Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, Alaskan. When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon, she lives in Sitka, Alaska. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska Anchorage). Kersten has authored two books: What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018) and Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017). She is also the poetry editor of the quarterly journal, Alaska Women Speak. www.kerstenchristianson.com

2 thoughts on “Kersten Christianson – Curios”

  1. Enthralled by the alliterative jive, savouring pauses, rousing rhythmic invocations. Will certainly join the small cluster of my favourites from this year.

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