person Melissa Eleftherion, two poems

Melissa Eleftherion (she/they) is a cis queer human, a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & ten chapbooks, including little ditch (above/ground press, 2018) & trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa created, developed, and co-curates The SFSU Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange with Elise Ficarra. She now lives in Northern California where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at


Time Pocket

“Time has pockets”
said DiPrima or was it
herbarium like
love song
catching us up
and so we gather or are
gathered someone else’s
memory glow
a breath – is
that all there is
to connect

even now time feathers
dandelion lignin
and rockface
we ascend &
– stand clear
of the closing doors –
we metal
in the metal
clang of commute
and consequence
how we must sound
all fingers in the camera
amygdala in the bottle brush



all the cortisol
driving over Richmond Bridge
how shining mountain
magnanimous in distance
becomes oil refinery
the sky blue headache
again after wildfire sinus
we mask up to
drive the box to the
box store to buy more boxes
for our boxed escape
we need a boxed escape
we all need a little box to go green with



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