It did not matter so much

This story is paired with Chapter 4 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 


So earnestly, she did not notice
a road, obliged to ask for the best things.

The world inquired, quite empty. A heart tried
for care, instead of work. So lazy, I slipped.

All at once, enchanted, nothing daunted­—
I replaced wicked, a new head harder.

I knew how cruel my love cut, a body
lost for me, shone so brightly in the sun.

One danger: caught in a rainstorm, the woods
had time. The greatest loss was anxious, wanted.

This is an erasure poem. Source material: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Puffin Classics Edition, 2008, pages 38-41.


E. Kristin Anderson’s first nonfiction anthology, Dear Teen Me, based on the popular website of the same name was published in October of 2012 by Zest Books (distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has worked at The New Yorker magazine, has a B.A. in Classics from Connecticut College and is currently an online editor for the YA & Children’s section of VCFA’s literary journal Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in Post Road, Cimarron Review, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cicada and Abyss & Apex. Her chapbook A Guide For The Practical Abductee was released by Red Bird Chapbooks and A Jab Of Deep Urgency, from Finishing Line Press. Her work also appears in FUTUREDAZE, and in COIN OPERA 2, an anthology of poetry about video games.