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Lately, I mostly I read romance, children's books, and other fiction. I also read nonfiction, often about writing or mental health. Past loves include urban fantasy, comic strip collections, and Stephen King. ...more

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Anna Kander Sure! Here's "Natural Light," the first poem in the collection, and "The Sound of Metal," which was later nominated for a Pushcart Prize...

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Sure! Here's "Natural Light," the first poem in the collection, and "The Sound of Metal," which was later nominated for a Pushcart Prize...

NATURAL LIGHT

The desire to be seen
transforms me.

Slide a mirror to me
under the door,
here in this dark room,
and I will find a way
to flash semaphores.

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THE SOUND OF METAL

love your brothers and sisters, momma said
carry us like a song in your heart

in high school, i whispered gossip to mean girls
and, on alternate Tuesdays, tried not to drown

in labels
and expectations

and a labyrinth of dented lockers
that made hollow sounds

when bodies and metal collided
for the thousandth occasion

at the same high school
at the same time

my brother was molested

we didn’t learn what happened ’til years later
after he stopped coming home

on a field trip with an overnight bus ride
two rich boys—also brothers
pinned him in the corner of the high, stiff seat
used some sort of hard implement

one of them held a knife
it scraped the metal frame around the window

screeching metal around a black night
swallowing all those stars

anyway, that’s what I heard
third-hand, from our mother

or fourth- or fifth-hand, if i am counting
the rich brothers

in English, there are at least nineteen words
to describe the sounds of metal

clang, ding, clatter, clunk, clash
drum, echo, jangle, rattle, rasp

jingle, gong, plink, tinkle
crash

wood blocks make dull thumps

strike metal and it sings
releasing sounds sharp like weapons
for avenging

the energy of struck metal dissipates slowly
scientists say that’s because metal is “elastic”
i’d say metal remembers

the oscillations of metal decay—yet linger
my brother went silent; the metal still screams

every autumn, as purple and gold leaves fall
from the copper beech and sugar maples

my brothers and sisters who can travel
return to our hometown

migrating back to the place of our birth, like salmon
until we are someone’s dinner

we will clink forks and knives on the good china
and enjoy a ritual meal

we had all our friends in common
and I’ll see them around town

when I run to the drugstore for shampoo and chocolates
pieces of home that I forgot to bring

tokens of appreciation that somehow slip my mind
every single goddamn year

your friends from high school will ask me about you again
and I’ll say no, he won't be coming home

no, he won’t be here
for thanksgiving

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And, here's the book blurb...

While training as a psychotherapist, a young woman recovering from anxiety is called to counsel a girl who's attempted suicide. Each must find a way to carry herself forward...

Slide a Mirror to Me is the debut poetry collection by Anna Kander, a Pushcart Prize-nominated author who previously trained as a psychotherapist. Kander weaves poems and stories into a loose narrative with villains, heroes, and hope.

Heather Kinnane, author of Faery Dream, calls the book "heartbreaking in places, and beautiful."(less)
Anna Kander Thank you, José! SLIDE A MIRROR TO ME is not yet available to buy. As soon as I have the release date, I will share it! Last week, I got to see the fi…moreThank you, José! SLIDE A MIRROR TO ME is not yet available to buy. As soon as I have the release date, I will share it! Last week, I got to see the first proof of the interior layout, and this week, I got to see possible covers. I'll keep you posted...(less)
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“The Sound of Metal” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize

Thank you so much to Weasel Press for nominating my poem, “The Sound of Metal,” for the Pushcart Prize. The poem, first published in Degenerates: Voices for Peace, appears in Slide a Mirror to Me (Transcendent Zero Press, 2017).


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