- Ode to Lithium #44:Ghazal, Interrupted
brother snow-smothered road turned mutein my doorway in my nakedness let me explain
father back turned makes my bed with me stillin it “you frighten” but I cut him off let me
mother stomach turning lifts spoon “I’m notsick” let let prophet I’m me explain
lover turns the volume up while I cryso the neighbors think we’re dancing
doctor turns toward my bloodshotI’m certain of all every I’ve got it just let [End Page 259]
In Hebrew, Shira means “song” and “poem.” Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman is a songwriter, producer, writer, and visual artist who has shared stages with Ani DiFranco, CocoRosie, Mirah, and Andrea Gibson. Her writing has been published in Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, BUST Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Muzzle, Prelude, the Massachusetts Review, and Union Station, among others, and in the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. Her latest album, Subtle Creature, was released in August 2016.