The valley's voice who sees
whose ears saw

a Word That walked
the song about the lapse

Piper, pipe that weeping pole
the light from out the earth

I the same mass
more down and away
I pluck & wilt & vanish
I stained the hollow floor
I wrote Every clear day

The Ecchoing Garden

I saw the skies
Had seen the green bells
A loud chapel lark around

The white haired gates
Laugh away the oak
Over the Garden they laugh

I saw tomb-stones Ecchoing
the black Sun walking around
briars bind mothers' laps
like birds darkening

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a Doctoral Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Diana is a Poetry Editor and Infidel Poetics Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding member of Ricochet. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. She is the author of the chapbook Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016) and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Circumference, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Los Angeles Review of Books, Two Serious Ladies, and The Volta, among others.