to hear birds and insects in conversation: napowrimo day nine

Common, common, uncommon

Distinguished from other wrens

Distinguished from the loon


The daily biology of the yield

Grey matter on a micro slide

Rub hind legs against


Females of a few species produce soft noises

Both pairs of wings sometimes small or absent

Note the inconspicuous jerking of its long tail


The song higher

Feeding mainly on bright buffy underparts

Feeding mainly with bright scolding rattles


Wings stalked at base

Washed off abdomen

Spend an ocean attached


The carapace of haunt

A sound-producing apparatus

Restless, resemble, raptorial hind feet

Archery of a heart plucked back – its steel reverb, Listen.


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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

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