Marcia Arrieta

buttons & the alphabet

scream away. indicate approval— .
at night deer come & graze on my bed.
writing translation shift postcards, leaving, estrangement.
books on the coffee table prescribe conversation.
I cannot afford insignificant. let us remind one another
of inspiration, of completing our sentences, of writing
legibly. thread & islands. boots & castles.

I often feel like an orphan.


shake the martini in Memory of the road & Spanish olives

[today there is a yellow butterfly in the garden & everything is dreadfully calm]

add hypothetical disarray.

[enter the art gallery]

primary colors & a dragon’s gaze

[refuge Pleiades]

history appears in the guise of an introduction

[unravel civility]

less than a century

maps & canvases

feathers & pens


the goldfish is in flight


mirrors reflect happiness

if only erased


knowledge transforms


follow the water

the details are in the trees

Marcia Arrieta is a poet, artist, and teacher. Her work appears in Web Conjunctions, So to Speak, Ellipsis, Cold Mountain Review, Eratio, Catch & Release, BlazeVOX, Melusine, The Blue Hour, Counterexample Poetics, and The Last VISPO Anthology, among others. The author of one poetry book, triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths), and two chapbooks, experimental: (Potes & Poets ) and the curve against the linear (Toadlily Press’s Quartet Series—An Uncommon Accord), she has an MFA from Vermont College. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry /art journal.
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Susan Lewis ( is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.