Flowers at Lunch – E. Kristin Anderson

Help me disable his engine.
You won’t have to worry
     I made a pact,
            snuck upstairs.

You won’t have to worry.
I changed my name,
       snuck upstairs—

I changed my name.
If the same thing happens
     to you:
I can take it back.

If the same thing happens to you,
I made a pact.
    I can take it back.
          Help me disable his engine.




This is a found poem. Source material: Love: Prom Survival Guide by the Editors. Seventeen, April 2014, pages 93-97.


E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked forThe New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Texas. Currently living in Austin, Kristin is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DearTeen Me anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in many literary journals from the UK’s Fuselit, to Cordite in Australia to the US’ Post Road and the Cimarron Review. Recently she’s graced the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and she has work forthcoming in teen magazine Cicada. Kristin is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: A Guide For The Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and A Jab of Deep Urgency (forthcoming, Finishing Line Press, 2014). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook at her parents’ house. She blogs at

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