Lana Bella — “Astral Lint”

Dark spilled of a living winter, up
the trousers and downy sleeves,
dislodging sleep from your chest.
Knuckling into spine like the hard
press of mammogram, you spent
like a wraith curling about on that
sunroom floor. Carpets of black
held choked the waste of filter tips,
setting cinders row greying your
prim lips cold. But the sultry eyes,
the knowing cleft, you smeared
a hint of thumb to the lines within
lines in the absence of language,
as if you were tracking soot where
its evanescence was white astral
lint, welcoming selves from another

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 work featured in over 500 journals, Barzakh, EVENT, The Fortnightly Review, Ilanot Review, Midwest Quarterly, New Reader, Notre Dame Review, Sundress Publications, & Whiskey Island, among others, and 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.