HAIR SEAL SHOT IN ONONDAGA LAKE.

By Diana Arterian

APRIL 29, 1882

 

Kennedy was rowing along

when he noticed an animal

floundering near the shore

He quickly fired at the monster

whose white teeth gleamed

through the water

The specimen measures

just six feet tip to tip


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.