Issue Three: Lana Bella

Gray Chicago

When there is nowhere else to walk,
either down the park or the nearby lake,
the night is as violent as gray Chicago
and stymied as a decade-long hangover.

 From inside the glass house, my eyes
gaze past the frosted garden, out the lane,
then beyond the horizon’s wings that
stretches thick and wide like a velcro
igloo domed over the ground of ice-
capped thorns. 

I watch the gray city take in more snow
from the incensed sky, marking it a paler
gothic version of dream and thought’s
dovetailing, when the powder pour
on the earth’s heart like triumphant
missiles.

A Pushcart nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 250 journals, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Plainsongs, San Pedro River Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere, among others. She 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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