9/30: the woods found within this body*


“the woods found within this body”

-from Half of What They Carried Flew Away,

 Andrea Rexilius*


my trust issues a clog

in my heart spell

small blisters


rainbow cuts

in the landscape


my leg undergrowths

spirochetes & chasms

having irregular hairs


in between breasts

my thunder belly



mortar, then –

the sticking nest of

desire for something


else not a marriage

not a lichen

though we did walk in

those woods

together for a time


All light melted

I was magma

Damaged tissue




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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 www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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