Lana Bella

A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is the author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has had poetry and fiction featured in  Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock and Sling, & Lampeter Review, among others, and work to appear in Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3.

Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.



Your ocean of legs breathed the evening out,

spun by winter’s runt drowned sun. And if

embellishment could be austere and bare

of colors, you will ribbon around reefs as if

fingers pulled strings of sorrow raggedly

across alkali. Minor of birds over mirrors of

blue flustering the dark’s monochrome,

lullabied your ears about the altar of shore,

where you placed hurt at the temple and

waited for strophic bearing of stars to orient.


© 2018 Lana Bella