Christopher X. Shade


I’ve drawn into the scene
on this postcard
wishes you were here.
He’s like this,
only a few lines,
when you’re gone.       §

—from Shield the Joyous © Christopher X. Shade

0-7CHRISTOPHER X. SHADE is author of the novel The Good Mother of Marseille, and the recently released poetry collection, Shield the Joyous. His stories, poems, and book reviews have appeared widely. He is also co-founder and co-editor of Cagibi, a journal of poetry and prose at He teaches poetry and prose writing at The Writers Studio. Raised in the South, he now lives and works in New York City.

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WHILE YOU REST, I take a turn on the red bike

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