mornings in the mirror
remind me of my mother

in her panties, bra, slip,
and lipstick

how I’d sneak
small sips of her tea

to get some

BEFORE THE RAZOR button ver 2

razor iconAdrienne Christian earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She is the author of the poetry book 12023 Woodmont Avenue (Willow Books, 2013), and her poems have been featured, or are forthcoming, in The L.A. Review, Prairie Schooner, frogpond, Obsidian, Alimentum, The Criterion, and others, including anthologies. Adrienne is currently an Executive Board member of the Haiku Society of America, and was the recipient of the 2007 University of Michigan “Five Under Ten” Young Alumni Recognition Award. In addition to being a Cave Canem fellow, she is also a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. Her nonfiction has been featured in Jolie, African Vibes, and Today’s Black Woman magazines. Adrienne splits her time between New York City and Oro Valley, Arizona. When she isn’t writing, she’s entertaining, traveling, or practicing nature photography.

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