Dictionary Poem

Cleavage appears first

Any member a mouth

 

Developing indeterminate isotopes

The sea squirts, the fish in layers

 

A penetration of epithelial

A substance of killing

 

To draw in water

A baby, a cloud

The edentate

Colorless material relating

 

Latitudes for the sidereal

Established for the treelike

 

Used furs a number of ornamental loops

Haunt of the ferocious

 

Armor from the splinters

I made my own scaffold

 

Deracinated

Granular anthems the shrub of a genus

Sometimes used as a gemstone

Married, transparent, from rendered fats

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mellielib

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 www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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