Pigtail Duty / Melissa Eleftherion

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dancing girl press, 2015


 Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. She is the author of huminsect (dancing girl press, 2013), prism maps (dusie kollektiv, 2014), Pigtail Duty (dancing girl press, 2015), and several other chapbooks and fragments. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Bukowski Erasure Poetry Anthology, Delirious Hem, Dusie, Entropy, Finery, Manifesting the Female Epic, Mom Egg Review, Open Letters Monthly, Poet as Radio, So to Speak, & TRUCK. She works as a librarian with Mendocino County Libraries, and created, developed, and currently manages the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. Follow her @apoetlibrarian & apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.



from Pigtail Duty:


My heartbreak a controlled sex vocabulary

Schema syntax

Collocating linguistic changes

Where the movement is horizontal

Reciprocity for practical problems

The single noun jurisdiction

To be compound to modify

Is to dig, plow anarchisms

Make resolute a love system



Marriage epidemic endemic to linear

A discipline for stray idioms

Usage dictates we don’t sell it out front

Pillow drool and a hairy sink

Your social phobia the board game landscape

My satisfaction a household disorder