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Only water, the one kindred
between me and the sea. I
swim the ruins of myself to
white-froth oceans, seeking
mollusk-lips nesting over
blue-tipped coral. Ease me,
little ripples lilting like maps
of the coastline, coming to
rest on the passage of ships,
each siren sun sidewards
on the stern. Be salt with its
dark between grooves, I row
fins out to catch the throbs of
undertow below, lunching
on birds of too many shapes
through brisk and sad breeze.

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 530 journals, The Cortland Review, 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.

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