Featured Poet – Melissa Eleftherion

Negative Capability Press will features a poet on our website every month. To submit yourself for consideration, follow the instructions on our Submissions page.


gray to white to luster

imperfect cleavage
a dull conchoidal

lacking silica
the current lavas


giving water to the fusible




                                      the muscle of metamorphosis


                                                     a vigorous tiny shell

                                       in rainbow margins               eaten and eaten

                                                                      in the hatches

                                                                 blister pearls


                                       to my grandmother - devout, flawed         simple grit
                                                      the button jar was opportunity


                                             nacreous rib for whirlgigs   
                                                                                 all iridescence greasy

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), and several other chapbooks and fragments. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Bukowski Erasure Poetry Anthology, Delirious Hem, Dusie, Entropy, Finery, Manifesting the Female Epic, Mom Egg Review, Open Letters Monthly, Poet as Radio, So to Speak, & TRUCK. She works as a librarian with Mendocino County Libraries, and created, developed, and currently manages the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. Follow her @apoetlibrarian and apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.