toward birds


“When something new evolves, it is often built out of old parts”

Salt glistens on its wing turns to tongue alkaline sweat of iridescence in summer sun it was a hot gutter it was a hot gutter but there were rainbows

Twitching song of steeler’s jay, attached at the stitched up the botched in the middle -screech of barn owl seeking dark for its maternal, they put the baby in your arms and expect – common loon a smooth jazz riff, albino hunts the steel guitar – furry flapping of bellied sandgrouse, fetal algae up jump the boogie – birdsong triggered by pituitary light



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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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