The McKinley Review Magazine

Elsewhere Hunger, Elsewhere Food 

By: Lana Bella | Posted on: July 2018 

The boardwalk powdered like

god's dribble, blinking weary

elbows of neon light. I nursed

autumn in the still burbs of

Chicago, and how a stiff wind

droned the dry-tongued lore

of starlings well after I barked

my tongue down this century-

old boulevard. Somewhere else,

the curfew bell tolled to damp,

as if one center of gravity fell

flake upon flake, staccato hilts

hanging from eaves. Maybe I

was blind from staring straight

into the white, for the silos of

god clawed more than feeling

of blades to my back, the same

way I’d urged my conceit too

far. So I walked, walking to last-

call for a pair of pints and two

drags of smoke, to have some-

thing to grow into before I put

my gaze to the ground too heavy

with the weight of what I held



A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 500 journals, Acentos Review, Barzakh, EVENT, The Fortnightly Review, Ilanot Review, New Reader, Notre Dame Review, Rock and Sling, The Stillwater Review, Sundress Publications & Whiskey Island, among others, and Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.