This Side Up & Claustrophobia with Orange Cap • Cheryl Snell & Janet Snell

The way somersault
circles us, so long stuck.
We stir the air with a doll’s arm.

Oar, pull away. Breaker, tip us over.
Show the vantage point of the submerged
clouds wrong side up

Where we go who knows when
the knot gives way. Who, unlaced and dangling,
can almost see the ground.



Cheryl and Janet Snell are sisters who, in addition to their solo art and writing projects, collaborate on chapbooks for Scattered Light Library. Their most recent book is a collection of paintings and poems called That Feel.