Alise Versella - Author & Poet

Featured Works

Grub Street Literary Magazine

"Just me
…………..The Joshua trees
And the Milky Way (no light pollution)..."

The Wrath-bearing Tree

"The birds with conviction Tap out their lyrics in the snow..."

Circle Show

"How many naked photos of me, taken lovingly, exist in the ether between..."

Poydras Review

"My father did not have sons,
he had daughters He raised to be strong women..."

Penumbra 2020

Softy woman
There is still strength in the swath of soft skin..."

Academy Heart

"The cold break of day
The burst of chlorine—ice-sting against just-shaved legs.."

Rebelle Society

"As I approach my 10-year high school reunion, I ruminate on the glory and derision I have for small towns..."

Womens Spiritual

"This is a poem about the earth and the moon and sun… It’s about how our roots run deep into the sacramental dirt, how connected we are to all of it..."

Elephant Journal

"The sun has put out her flames of golden fire on the leaves of poplar trees
And she lies to rest behind them..."

Sivana East

"We are so attached to things as Lunar New Year approaches I feel behooved to implore you to detach from what no longer serves you. In essence, purge...."

The Tattooed Buddha

"I have always been so much more than what you see T.S Eliot wrote the most fertile words out of a wasteland-he was a bank teller..."

Ultraviolet Tribe

"Hold a space for me Between The darkened winter leaves Breathe the frost Clinging to frozen oaks..."

Three Drops

"Welcome to another issue of beautifully strange and strangely beautiful poetry and flash fiction...."

The Opiate

"'You don’t look I-talian.'
'Do you get dark in the summer?'
'Do you know anyone in the mob?''..."


"Intimacy is that look you receive when you undress each other for the first time Say wonderment..."


"This soft, human flesh Proves insufficient covering Belies the strength of muscled mass..."


"I’m sending messages to ghosts
With every ink ingrained letter pressed into paper Which I burn like sage..."

What Rough Beast

"Alise Versella I Don’t Care to Be Pretty I will never be the girl with the pretty mouth
For the girl with the pretty mouth is the girl
Who will eventually get slapped Along the length of it
Who will grow ashamed Of its curling corners..."

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