Melissa Eleftherion: No One Owns a Body
Jamison McAndie

Jamison McAndie

ditch poem # 13


pink ditch in wilderness

gash in the ground

damp & rent with salt

no one owns a body



origin of the cave

slowly seeping water

woman excavates

her mouth

from the ditch



when the pink ditch opens

that gash in the burial ground

all the terrestrial hues

we become

the rattle and branches

the camber of witness

we become wilderness

its meat gap its claw

twilit by bones, tumult

the breaking through



(for Mom)


The fractures are uneven


Where you hid the groceries

Where you hid the wailing


The shifting plates     



Where a shell escapes to


Become familial

<its own terrors>


Little islands

<even the paper tectonics>


In the brass morning light

Sex was on the walls


In the quiet

In the radiation


Little rusted springs


In the vestibular

A weary grown together


Matches & dust


Little springs intergrown

From tabular parallels


Your family becomes my family

A child becomes a homing device


Some solution takes place here

Diluted gases in the cooling

Melissa Eleftherion was born & raised in Brooklyn. She is the author of huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, green glass asterisms, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N. 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. More of her work can be found @