Cheryl Snell

Cheryl Snell is the author of Prisoner’s Dilemma (Lopside Press Chapbook Competition winner) and five other collections of poetry. Her most recent novel is Shiva’s Arms (Writer’s Lair Books), and her poetry has appeared in many online and print journals, including The Curator, Olentangy Review, PANK, egg, Deep Water Literary Journal, and Mixitini Matrix. She has had work chosen for a Best of the Net Anthology, The Centrifugal Eye’s Fifth Anniversary Anthology, and other anthologies, and has just brought out her latest chapbooks, Warped Passage and Live Through This, with Scattered Light Library, a micro press housing her word and art collaborations with Janet Snell.


Reinventing the Wheel

Sunflowers in clay pots 
on the haphazardly swept porch
where we sip summer
drinks, make us smile—
as does a child’s spiky sun
the ovals of a star’s orbit
cartwheels on the lawn
spiders spinning webs,
dew dropping like tears from the filaments,
or the spokes of passing cyclists
who barely register and then
completely forget what they saw
in this place where turning
makes the world beautiful.

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