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Christina Brister Smith
Portland, OR

Christina Brister-Smith was born in Montana and spent time in Colorado before moving to Portland to attend art school. It was during her time in school that she fell in love with the Willamette Valley and now considers it home.

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Christina Brister Smith

if you pour concrete
over a body
you will preserve it

water cannot break it down
nothing will touch,
erode, or change it
in fact sacred agents
will respect those boundaries

and the center suffocates
grows limp and pallid,
breathless
but at least the shell remains.

oh sisters and earth
what have we done what have we done
what have we done what have we