“Millennial Poetess” by Martha Silano


Millennial Poetess,

unloading her Costco cart,
glances ‘bubbly nebula’

in her Facebook feed, instructs
Siri to add it to a note. Poetess

googling Nuclear Waste Dumps.
Poetess’s ever-open window:

Thesaurus.com (will it be region,
locale, or location?). Poetess blowing

at her too-hot cup of virtual tea,
wondering whether her ocean

acidification poem should be epistolary
or digital. Poetess in Spandex,

contemplating focus, in Latin,
means hearth. To drown out

library-tour voices, poetess dons
ear buds, clicks Lullaby Radio,

resumes researching robotics.


Martha Silano

Martha Silano’s books include The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets noted book of 2011, and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014). She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review Online, and New England Review, among others. Martha edits the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review, and teaches at Bellevue College.

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