Christina Hennemann is an award-winning writer based in the West of Ireland. Born and raised in Germany, she began writing her first English songs and poems from an early age with the help of her parents' outdated German-English dictionary. Christina writes poetry and prose, and she also does some editing and literary translation (German-English & English-German). Her work is featured in numerous online and print publications. Her debut poetry pamphlet Illuminations at Nightfall was published with Sunday Mornings at the River in 2022. When she’s not writing or reading, she also enjoys taking photographs, which are often inspired by Ireland's breathtaking beauty, decay, and (un)belonging details. She is also currently seeking representation for her first novel.
A Grey Heron was obstructing my path
in the middle of the summerly woods,
leaves gasping in green and gold.
I remember it was near a zoo,
a fugitive? A misplaced augury
perhaps— the heron took shape
a few steps in front of me
as an apparition, on the bone-
parched forest trail, immovable,
like a stone with watcher’s eyes.
It grew giant and gloomy and alien
in the waterless woody drought.
Solely for your smile I sneaked
past the bird, brittle and shaking,
in shambles, but victorious.
— Excerpt from "Heroine Wading Through Water", Illuminations at Nightfall