The Fair Amanuensis by Lana Bella

The fair amanuensis rendered me
all blinking, knocking against
her angles and lines. Dark, a tar
of iron light, bled away the redder
of posy on her skirt like bits of
mad confetti, sowing rust through
my brain’s cool throat. Here, where
her two clever legs swung open
the calm to the ocean, I cast out to
quilted hills and delicate moon
while organisms kindling inside and
needing. Because the flesh frothed
on the brink of blown dune, she
spared me the tender aches nestled
resplendent in muscle; instead
her fingers as they lay in the palm
of my hand, pressed to the envy of
a lake, carving her initial all the way
to my sea.

Lana Bella Black & White
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 430 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock & Sling & The Lampeter Review, among others, and work to appear 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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