Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Lana Bella

Dear Suki: Letter Y for Yearling


Dear Suki: St. Moritz, December 31st,
I empty the Malbec red from the glass,
peeling where the cold hangs with ripe
blackberry. Your army troop of laughter
spins on the bulbous bodies of calliope,
blurring me where light gives gradients
over the wood floorboard. As suddenly,
starlings drop from harbinger beyond
your onyx head; aphrodisiac the size of
sweet whorls ebb over my fingertips and
your opiate eyes. You: a yearling. You: 
a pirouette where the language oscillates
and time embroiders nova on the apogee
of my impossible sphere. Me: a feathered
detail in your tiny, vintage-smooth hands.


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 270 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Ilanot Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere. 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.