I have been counting ways of holding you.
But I bear no seeds, no chariot, no home.
And I have never seen a passing.
- “Eleusinian Mystery”
Nikita Bastin’s first collection of poems, Anchor, explores society and its forgotten. Bastin walks through her existence with spirit, a temper, and the wonder of a child beginning to comprehend grief. She reflects on her growth, breathing life into everything from Shere Khan of The Jungle Book to the woman across her condo, and finds herself at the conclusion: “It has become too late for my heart.” Bastin’s collection is a quest, a hunt that never quite succumbs to panic; slowly and deliberately, she searches for something to hold.
Nikita Bastin lives in Mountain View, CA. She is a 16-year-old, currently attending Saint Francis High School. Her work has appeared in Eunoia Review and The National Poetry Quarterly. She has studied at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio and has been mentored by The Adroit Journal. She has also received distinction in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the 18th Annual High School Poetry Contest. She reads for Polyphony H.S. and edits for the literary publication at her school, Mindframes. She believes poetry has the power to gift each of us with our own world.
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