Palmistry of Reading

There are bookstores
I have loved, know

like the lines crossing
my palm. Here, the stacks

containing blank books,
fine journals awaiting

their words, intersected
by shelves of poetry,

run parallel to fiction.
Here, the life line shuffles

toward the counter, riddled
with sweet cards for friends,

chocolate treats, smooth pens.
Here, the heart line lingers.


Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan.  She serves as poetry editor of the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak. Her latest collection of poetry, Curating the House of Nostalgia, will publish in 2020 (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions).  Kersten holds an MFA from the University of Alaska. www.kerstenchristianson.com