Field Guide for British dragonflies (Odonata)

Mesothorax –

Large energy heart field


At the attachment

Swollen segments


A yellow sun, a black sun

Between the wings yellow


The length of imago

Denticulated at basal half

Dorsal longitude


A nymph’s inconvenience

A collection of pet insects


Generally speaking, among the tentacles

Specimen –


Fossilized species

The contents are granular


Changes of skin occur

The larvae, the pupae, lacunae

Thoracic atmosphere


The insect is exhausted

Weak and feeble light, wings glissant


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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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