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

Diane R. Wiener (she/they) is the author of The Golem Verses (Nine Mile Press, 2018), Flashes & Specks (Finishing Line Press, 2021), and The Golem Returns (swallow::tale press, 2022). Her poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, Jason’s Connection, the Kalonopia Collective’s 2021 Disability Pride Anthology, and elsewhere. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, The Abstract Elephant Magazine, and Pop the Culture Pill. Her flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness; short fiction is published in A Coup of Owls. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane served as Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Assistant Editor after being Guest Editor for the Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics. Since January 2020, Diane has been the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, housed at Syracuse University.

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