Another Day of Rain


The stack of poems

on the desk builds,

like clouds gathering

where sea shakes sky’s

hand.  Words rainfall,

arrange by line, sound,

patter the windows,

water the raspberries.

I open the door, welcome

the through-traveler



Mega Ship


When the Ovation

of the Seas docked

in Sitka, we drove

to see its spectacle:


Bionic bars, four

swimming pools,

skydiving machine,

surfing simulator.


It seemed half

the town showed

up to see firsthand

18 floating stories


from the safety

of firm ground.  It

could have been

a May Fest, a half-


circle of held hands

around the port side

of the docked ship.

And later, I watched


it cross the sound

for open sea, grow

tiny in its quiet



Alaska Summer Pie


Our first attempt baking a mixed

berry pie:  blue, huckle, three salmonberries


combined.  Painstakingly, our girl picked

each single fruit by hand, included enough


greens to make salad if such leaves were tasty.  

If measured by crop or crust alone, pastry


could sustain us.  Its sweetness the antidote

to winter, the ruse of forever summer.


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.

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