Poetry,  Published Submissions

To Hear Jay-Song, by Claire Beeli

Blue currents ripple
            through my ribs
            but pass straight through.


My body rejects


a jay with one wing

            is soil already

            and so I will be.


What can a jay know

            if deaf to its own song?


Alone I can understand

            why leaves quiver in the wind.

– Claire Beeli

Claire Beeli is an emerging writer from Long Beach, California. Her work is published or is forthcoming in Block Party Lit, Polyphony Lit, and The Apprentice Writer, among others. She is her city’s 2023-2024 Youth Poet Laureate. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Foundation, Columbia College Chicago, Sister Cities International, and others.