autobio for day five

to curate a chapel we put our hands together and blew

in warmer latitudes a glimpse of ocean mouth

the sea-green beyond finger steeple


a self of units

song a decorated structure

any starling

any rattle


we migrate from saltwater

any of creeping various

the body of the lower

amatory, saclike

family of egress


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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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