Smack in the Middle
by E. Kristin Anderson

Irreverent, your star has
this year found out.

Pitch perfect, as ever, you sleep,
so many panicked things,
not supposed to be rocking rules.

I know you think there’s a girl –
everyone’s the smallest one.

SOURCE: “That Girl” (interview with Anna Kendrick) by Laura Ferrara, Glamour (August 2014, pages 168-173). Photos from the interview at

PHOTO: Anna Kendrick by Dan Martensen, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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’s 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. She’s published poetry in many magazines worldwide, including Post Road, the Cimarron Review, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction and forthcoming work in Cicada. She also has poems forthcoming in the Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology. Her first chapbook, A Guide for the Practical Abductee, was just released by Red Bird Chapbooks, and her next chapbook, A Jab of Deep Urgency, is forthcoming in October from Finishing Line Press. Her work also appears in Futuredaze, an anthology of YA fiction and poetry, and in Coin Opera 2, an anthology of poetry about video games. She blogs at