Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. She is the author of huminsect​ (dancing girl press, 2013)​, prism maps​ (dusie kollektiv, 2014)​, Pigtail Duty​ (dancing girl press, 2015)​, the leaves the leaves​ (poems-for-all, 2017)​, green glass asterisms​ (poems-for-all, 2017)​, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N​ Books in summer/fall 2017​. ​Recent work is forthcoming in inter|rupture, Italian-Americana Review, & Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel. ​Founder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series at the Ukiah Library.

Also by Melissa Eleftherion: huminsect prism maps Pigtail Duty

Melissa Eleftherion

that time a tree grew out of my mouth and i had armor

auriculars hinge mandible what is the mouth of a tree ocean breast a pallial line thorax my cambium i am armor in the woods piths capito-pedal cartilage Alula little hinge elytra my growth rings my tentacles The orbital in umbo coxa Undertail coverts ligament The heart is a phloem a muscle scar a gut of ganglia Radula along leaf margins I graze the little points with my teeth i draw a line

This poem appears in the final section of my first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, due out from H_NGM_N Books in late summer. Where each poem in the book takes a specific type of tree, mineral, bird, insect (et al.) as its focus, "that time a tree grew out of my mouth and i had armor" witnesses the fragments coalescing & the borders we're trained to see begin to fade.

Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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