Melissa Eleftherion

shell

six little explosions

“under a glass bell”

how we’re taught

to contain

the abject

little burst sutures

in ammonite

 

 

Gypsum

The hardness, the vigilance

Let the throat tell you

 

In the cavities           in caves                      in a massive bed of rocks

 

i live in limestone    a crystallized habit

 

bend but lack            bend but lack

 

scratched with fingernails i am tested

 

mined for commercial use

 

these humans soluble in hot acid

a white precipitate

 

pearly                         silky                fractures

 

after firing

a long-wave ultraviolet light

 

 

 

 

Melissa-Eleftherion-Dream-Pop-PressMelissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. A high school dropout, she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of five chapbooks: huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, & green glass asterisms. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, was published by H_NGM_N Books in April 2017, and is currently seeking a new home. Founder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange for San Francisco State University, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing & curates the LOBA Reading Series at Ukiah Library. More of her work can be found @ www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.