from Invasive Species by Melissa Eleftherion

Taking Off by Ana Prundaru
May 15, 2018
The Phones by Diane Payne
May 17, 2018

from Invasive Species

 

 

 

Of distracting glanced winds form I;
Lurid like an entombed find
Through the deep you dream and here returned
This bed glare drawn
Once buried persistent father

To sleep we use which skin
Just a cry of the mind
Its artifact wings I of

This is an erasure poem. Source Text: Rice, Anne. “Chicago”. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017.

 

 

The deep was a valley of absence
Those eyes
Before you
Stared pale

Long ago splintering
Her capable blue chest
A riot of grief

The all fathers documenting the body
She was told to identify
Neither seemed fitting

Plague of responsibility; nightmare blossom
She rose in determined middle
A pear-shaped swampland during breakfast

This is an erasure poem. Source Text: Rice, Anne. “Chicago”. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017.

 

 

Photographs of apologies

The trash dreams language as a name dress

Is the child awake?

To play on the hardwood floor
In chilly silence

Mother had a bedroom business
Paper things in sun

This is an erasure poem. Source Text: Rice, Anne. “Chicago”. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017.
I thought the beautiful damned
I have come aware touching of
These paper arrivals
being time

A dream i hold this morning
To streets and the been
A picture of her sitting
Exuberant, noble
She a gleam in the returns of her day
Her world-changing the waters that be to

This is an erasure poem. Source Text: Rice, Anne. “Alexandria”. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017.

 


Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, librarian, and a visual artist. She grew up in Brooklyn, dropped out of high school, and went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & six chapbooks: huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, green glass asterisms, & little ditch. Founder of the SFSU Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Librarian, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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