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  Cover Issue 17 A FELLED CARESS


Her footsteps

echoed through the marbled stairs

clattered near the wrought iron rails-

she leaned out, laughing, hair spilling over

like a crimson mantled ghost

tossing down

her caress,

it fell through

his embrace

landed on the flagstone street

spine mangled a burned ash and

torchlight red,

floundering on clay cracked earth.




Lana Bella has work published and forthcoming with over 120 journals, including a chapbook with Crisis Chronicles Press (Spring 2016), Ann Arbor Review, Chiron Review, Literary Orphans, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere, among others. She divides her time between the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a wife of a talking-wonder novelist, and a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps. Her poem Doppelganger appears in the Halloween 2015 issue.

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