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Abalone | Melissa Eleftherion

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

A piece of bone

for my birthday

smoothes out the hollow

in my neck

as though

you carved

a piece of your skeleton

for me to carry

Melissa Eleftherion is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & ten chapbooks, including trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020) & abalone (poems-for-all, 2021). Her poems & prose have been widely published in various literary journals including Entropy, La Vague, & On the Seawall, & nominated for awards including the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net. Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa currently lives in Northern California where she manages the Ukiah Library, curates the LOBA Reading Series, & serves as the 2021-2023 Poet Laureate of Ukiah. Recent work is available at

Twitter: @apoetlibrarian



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