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Jessica Bell

If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written. Jessica has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains, and her debut novel, String Bridge, was published by Lucky Press, LLC, in November, 2011. Accompanying the novel is an all-original soundtrack conceptually written and performed by the main character. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found on her website. From September 2012 Jessica will be hosting the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus.

http://www.jessicacbell.com

Organ Charms

Grinding jaw against splintered bench, clear smears: ethical sheen. Umbilical chords imitate charm, hidden between enameled prayer; left to mix into bites on my back. I squeeze scent from split ends, recalling your black cloak brush over cheek; warm glowing …

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