The Warm Earth

Melanie Noel


Not the sun dance            unless      hooked to the sun

Orange              out of bloom                               bright      shrugging Other the

fanning mock orange                  ! . . . . , he said . . .

Beam and rosin

a seasonless swimming light                     o,

Maybe I'll be a star                           shrugged the earth

The sun would be everywhere in any case                   blood orange the ladders

in orbit


Melanie Noel’s poems have appeared in Fine Madness, Filter, Weekday, and Weird Deer, and are forthcoming in The Arcadia Project and The Volta. She has written poems for short films and installations and was a co-curator of APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series in Seattle, Washington.