Maria Shimizu Christensen

My new book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback formats!

Through poetry, prose poems and micro stories, The Radicalization of Old Women burrows into the things that shape who we are and the story arcs we create for ourselves as we age. It's about searching and finding, overcoming and becoming, and breaking your own trails.


Winter Flowers

I believe in love
and peace and plenty
and winter flowers blooming
in a hothouse,
sheltered from the storm,
more vibrant and alive
from awareness of the veil
between life
and the vase on my table.



I write about life. Featured in Medium’s 2021 list of Stories That Started Conversations.

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