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Poem for My Niece on Her Brother’s First Birthday by E. Kristin Anderson

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Poem for My Niece on Her Brother’s First Birthday by E. Kristin Anderson

I want you to know that your femaleness
is not weakness.         I want you to wear

your heart like a crown.    This is the only
crown that matters. Your words and your

hands       are as capable as mine, but I’d
like to give you my pen and a power drill.

Your femaleness is not weakness. The truth
is this:             Girls like us need more tools

                                   than our brothers.

E. Kristin Anderson is a poet, Starbucks connoisseur, and glitter enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture and Hysteria: Writing the female body (forthcoming). Kristin’s poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and she is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry including A Guide for the Practical Abductee, Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night, Fire in the Sky, We’re Doing Witchcraft, and 17 seventeen XVII. Kristin is an assistant poetry editor at The Boiler and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked nights at The New Yorker.