Book Review for little ditch:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume X Issue V



little ditch: Frontline N.A.



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: little ditch

Author: Melissa Eleftherion

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2018

Pages: 30


“A memory, a night alone
A raining telephone . . .”
- from Human Zoo
by Culture Club


A progression in confessional Beat poetry, a new animal with edge, little ditch by Melissa Eleftherion and above/ground press. Melissa Eleftherion (poet, librarian, writer, teacher, visual artist) born in Brooklyn and lives in Mendocino County, California. She dropped out of high school and went on to earn degrees in literature at Mills College and librarianship at San Jose State University. She is active in the writing community, founded a Poetry Chapbook exchange at San Francisco State University, works as a librarian for young adults, curates a reading series, and teaches creative writing.

Like new blood on the snow, this poetry is fresh and raw telling a haunted story in original poetics. Poignant and edgy, the anatomy of a love affair, a broken love relationship that rains in still. The original use of language is street and punk, screams awake. An exploration of the national past-time the obsession with the ideal love affair, what is sought, planned for, hunted, pursued and haunted, breaks. little ditches is riveting in emotional violence, blistered and immediate, the offering is quietly neoclassical, the images rooted in the modern cityscape juxtaposed with the forest and nature. The image of the ditch, a painful metaphor of someone sidelined in serial love relationships.

“little ditch is a burned-out Barbie Dream House sour milk between your legs
a motor that guns every time she’s casually interrupted in conversation casually sexually
assaulted in conversation casually dismissed gaslit here’s a match”

As poetry, this Chapbook breaks the mold of traditional scriptures by original use of words that manifest truth in violence. A fantastical study in broken bed rite, frontline N.A. in New Age poetics, little ditch by Melissa Eleftherion.



Available at above/ground press.




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