Took My Courage

by E. Kristin Anderson

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E. Kristin Anderson is a poet and author living in Austin, TX. She is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website and her next anthology, Hysteria: Writing the female body, is forthcoming from Sable Books. She is currently curating Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture for ELJ Publications. Kristin is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry including A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks), Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), She Witnesses (dancing girl press), and We’re Doing Witchcraft (Hermeneutic Chaos Press). Kristin recently took a position as Special Projects Manager for ELJ and is a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. Find her online at and on twitter at @ek_anderson.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Took My Courage”?

    Over the course of 2016 I was working on writing erasures with Stephen King novels, and in October I was working with Christine and feeling the burn of fascism falling down on us. Poems like this fell out of the text like melting butter.
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