NaPoWriMo Day Three


A human is a half-way house to a bird

Whiplike flagella that lash back and forth

Poking at echinodermata, appropriating invertebrate wraith


Is I what it means to be a self

A stomach the length of a performer’s discretion

Granularity of its stain – a tree ring


All night the hard fatty substance applied,

Slurps with an enlarged pink.

What are the attempted catechisms masochisms

The wind a push of carnivorous ghosts

Published by


Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s