Our latest Featured Artist - wildlings, meet Christine Taylor!

Wildlings, we are blessed to have Christine Taylor joining us this week as our Featured Artist!

Christine Taylor identifies as multiracial and is an English teacher and librarian residing in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey.  She is the EIC of Kissing Dynamite: A Journal of Poetry and the author of The Queen City (Broken Sleep Books, 2019) and Petal (Bone & Ink Press, 2020).  Christine has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her work appears in Glass, Turtle Island Responds, Haibun Today, and The Rumpus among others.  Right now, she’s probably covered in cat hair and drinking a martini.  Visit her at www.christinetayloronline.com or follow her on Twitter.

Christine is a master of the poetry form, and she'll be sharing some of her extensive knowledge with us over the course of her feature. Today we introduce her to you with a previous unpublished haibun piece, selected just for Animal Heart Press.


On the block, the lawns leave behind the bleached hue of winter.  As green creeps into my yard, I wait for the ivy vines erupting from the hedges to spring back to life. Dead tendrils still grip the iron banister, ghost fingers remind me that last summer the vines grew until they framed the doorway. Their next move is inside. For how long will I watch that which wishes to strangle me encroach on my doorstep—

a single streetlamp