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3 micropoems by Lana Bella | #thesideshow

Lana Bella


A breath
breathes in
the fog
is a velvet sky
disintegrating into
a million
inchoate wrinkles,
pressing faint
against your fingers
traveling over
my famished red.
A ponderous
aching alchemy
befalls from
the worn ends
of this late spring,
the blushful strides
of my small form
into the vortex
of your hands
on my waist.




At times, much of what
you see you don’t mean to.
Like the sky slides into
slate as seagulls drift past,
or sewer water rises after
a heavy storm hastening
through all the debris and
echoes of an impossible
density. But, is reality on
the ground thawing, or up
the blue veering west, or
a predicted parameter
of virtues and scars and
despairs that you hold dear?


After The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

In this late hour, there are no stars.
Alone now, the balcony heralds
my deep hunger beneath an awning
of rolling fog where earth and sky
are the same.

My fingers coil the stem of a Pontarlier
glass filled with froth of sugary milky
white absinthe; lips nurse spices of
anise and wormwood, secrets gulped
down pharynx shuddering with chills.

A lost evening when a narrow space
distorts me quicker, a little darker,
more by way of what it conceals, than
how it shakes my heart’s cathedral
letting sadness off its long leash.

A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 290 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Ilanot Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wed-nesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere, among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.