Lana Bella


She cupped her ears to blackness,
surrendering to concert of
sympathies like how sometimes
it was absurd to fix light into
those small, immutable spaces.
One thousand evolutionary days,
and yet she clung to the only
audience pulling away from her
grasp, glistening against the blue
washed jeans. Here, she used to
be a body with blank face, sieving
through her last lover’s mouth
gilded in sweat, tracing the dime-
cigar out into drifts that nestled
dark doorways. This time soft of
foot and slow on sleep, she gushed
herself in the blood of the man,
sifted his soul but only for memory
to a tongue that called her love.

A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 450 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock and Sling, The Stillwater Review, & Whiskey Island, among others, and work appeared in Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3.

Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.

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