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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Lana Bella has a diverse work of poetry and flash fiction anthologized, published and forthcoming with more than eighty journals, including Aurorean Poetry, Chiron Review, Contrary Magazine, elsewhere, The Criterion Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Shot Glass Journal, and Featured Artist with Quail Bell Magazine, among others. She resides in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam with her novelist husband and two frolicsome imps.

Lana Bella


A Felled Caress

Her footsteps
echoed through the marbled stairs
clattered near the wrought iron rails–
she leaned out, laughing, hair spilling over
like a crimson mantled ghost
tossing down
her caress,
it fell through
his embrace
landed on the flagstone street
spine mangled a burned ash and
torchlight red,
floundering on clay cracked earth