Poetic Hill

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Hans Noel

Chloe Yelena Miller has lived in Glover Park since 2010, minus a year and some summers working in Italy. She’s co-founder of Brown Bag Lit, an online writing program, where she co-curates programming and teaches classes. Chloe is the author of Viable (Lily Poetry Review Books) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press) and a three-time recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities individual artist grant.

Chloe’s currently working on a poetry manuscript that (with her mother’s permission) documents her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatment and recovery, as well as other issues of mortality. She’s drafting a memoir about her identity as an Italian-American who has lived five-plus years in Italy, although each chapter slowly dissolves into a poem.

ERASURE

I want to erase

these documents, stages and grades,

possibility of growth

and spread

that is more flood than wildflowers.

I want to edit

with a new, jumbo-sized, chisel

tipped Sharpie

this mammogram biopsy MRI

down to something more

spare

just a hello, hi.

I don’t want war language and radiation

or ribbons on trees after the rain.

I want the soft focus

of twilight

that glows over the harbor,

your

     before.

Sandra Beasley is the curator of “Poetic Hill,” a resident of Southwest, and the author of four poetry collections. If you live in D.C. and you’re interested in being featured, you can reach her at sandrabeasley@earthlink.net for questions and submissions (1-5 poems).