Patternation





a constern without waste,
wind amethyst and whale-like,
its fin rising and dipping.
An eel is knocking on my door,
my inner harbor.


Here there’s only a cove of spirals.
A bottleneck, to be sure,
the kind that inds and chops.

Shira Dentz is the author of five books including SISYPHUSINA (PANK, 2020), winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize 2021, and two chapbooks. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Lana Turner, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Diagram, New American Writing, Poets.org, and NPR, and she’s a recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and Poetry Society of America. More at www.shiradentz.com.