Size: 5 ½ x 8 ½
by Mary Newell
Mary Newell authored the poetry chapbook TILT/ HOVER/ VEER as well as poems in journals, essays, and ecocritical encyclopedia entries on Whitman and Dickinson. She is co-editor of Poetics for the More-than-Human-World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary. Newell (MA Columbia, BA Berkeley) received a doctorate from Fordham University with a focus on environment and embodiment in contemporary women’s writing. A former Assistant Professor, she is an outside poetry editor for ISLE and curates the Hudson Highlands Poetry Series. Newell is also a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and a dedicated gardener focusing on natives and pollinator-supporting species. https://manitoulive.wixsite.com/maryn
There’s Meli, a mermaid desalinating,
seeking reprieve from a cheerless story
and Jenn, a sun-scoured gardener who
plans alluring flyways for pollinators.
Meli’s mellifluous voice entices shoals of
silver-slip fish. She reaps kelp undersea
while patchy sunlight sparks odd reverie.
Jenn devotes hand-inscribed poems to
endangered wildlife and green gambits.
She’s still shadowed by that timorous /
adventurous girl who almost drowned.