Weeds by Lana Bella

Wind calms as the sky’s eyes
ferries my departure in velvet
and damp clouds, when echoes
of peppering rain tear the rille
of my barb-wired stems.

Picture me: proud, frantic girl
perching where the metronome
ticks, eyes misfire neural path-
ways, fingers outgrow daffodils
osmosing my monolith of light.

Into the wet I stroke my green
triceps bending to the point of
stress, while my skin tethers
up nodes and collars, leaning
as it does, like propeller taking
down a piece of sky.

 

A three-time Pushcart Prize 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 300 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Otoliths, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Ilanot Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, among others.

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.

A Kind of Lost Eloquence by Lana Bella

This would be late ’89.
Liquid eyes shrunk into
a winter body; pale lips
sipped absinthe mingled
with the rotting and wet-
wooled earth. My arriving
to the country sunk in
a sea of stones, supple
through the native land
until my bone was a kind
of lost eloquence fixing to
post as abandoned silo.
Skin plateaued, fingertips
spooned downward like
knelt seats of benevolence,
I became a whisper that
prevailed on, a fossil of my
own self before I was born.

 

 

 
A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), has had her poetry and fiction featured with over 200 journals, including Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere, among others.Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam.