DROWNED IN ONONDAGA LAKE.

By Diana Arterian

A BOAT OVERTURNED AND THE LIVES OF A
YOUNG MAN AND A GIRL LOST.
JUNE 21, 1879

 

In an instant

the boat overturned

both were in the lake

He seized hold of her

tried to keep her

above water

The lake was perfectly calm

Until a late hour

efforts were made

by means of grappling hooks

to recover the bodies


Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts. Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and of Ricochet. She has recently been honored with residencies and scholarships from Caldera Arts Center and Vermont Studio Center. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her writing and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Two Serious Ladies, and The Volta, among others.