I’ve begun to practice writing gratitudes each night as both a reflexive means of taking stock of those daily moments of grace and joy, as well as to trick my brain out of an inherited tendency towards depression and anxiety. My poem, Pandemic Gratitudes, is up at Dispatches from Quarantine today, & comprises gratitudes written during the first six months of the SIP order while working FT, raising a teenager, and trying to stay sane.
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. View all posts by mellielib