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Flip the Script

Christine Adams, in black and white

Christine Adams

Make the Woman the Gardener, the Man the Flower

Christine Adams’ poem, “The Root Systems of Orchids,” has been selected by poet Mary Szybist to appear in Best New Poets 2016, an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers.

Adams is a second-year doctoral student and teaching assistant in Ohio University’s English Department, where she is studying creative writing.

“The Root Systems of Orchids,” Adams explains, features “a woman speaker reflecting on her failed relationships. She is engaging in this kind of magical thinking in which she believes that if she can learn to care for orchids, she’ll be able to have the skills to foster a successful relationship.

“One of the reasons I wrote it is because women are often rendered in naturalistic terms. I wanted to flip that script and make the man the flower and the woman the gardener.’’

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