about the author

Mariel Fechik lives in Chicago, IL, and works in a library. She sings for the band Fay Ray and writes music reviews for Atwood Magazine and Third Coast Review. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and Bettering American Poetry, and has appeared in Hobart, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, Barren Magazine, and others. She is the author of Millicent (Ghost City Press, 2019) and An Encyclopedia of Everything We’ve Touched (Ghost City Press, 2018).

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Mariel Fechik

About once a year I convince myself that I’m dying

and the light falls in slices
around my bedroom,
spinning in the drowsy loop
of my ceiling fan,

curdling in its movement

Visiting sometimes in January,
some moments
in the balm of April,
often in mellow autumn—

needling quietly against
soft body

how the Greeks believed
that melancholy

below the ribs

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