Ode to a Siphonophore

you camera snatch

krill and mysids

stem zones

mirror colonies

bases loaded your

medusae locomotive

you know

snow on thorns

may memoir

an undead battery

dancing

you drift

daffodils near

prayer flags

across blinds

you taste

coffee grinds

on the sea floor

you might

miss a spot

pelagic not pandemic

you squint

sheets of eels

you gleam

beside shoal

facing flesh

you whisk

threads brine

lift bucket needles

westward ho

you lean in my

dream a cat

breathing sleeve

cuffs worn white

push delight

you stripe blue

that part thinking

shifts that one

this bit creating

more of your

jelly reed thin

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

A poet since the age of seven, Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Diane’s poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest (Stockton University Press). Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe and Mollyhouse, and is forthcoming in The Abstract Elephant Magazine; her flash fiction appears and is forthcoming in Ordinary Madness. After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed Assistant Editor for the magazine. She has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. Diane is a proud Neuroqueer, Mad, Crip, Gender Nonconforming, Jewish Pantheist Nerd (etc.). She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.

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