Orel Protopopescu


In My Lone Sick Id

(an Emily Dickinson anagram)

Because I dared not let It out—
I slipped inside my Id—
And sowed Deep Clefts with Fertile Words
Through which we frisked—Naked.

What Nights we shared! What Blazing Days—
Twin Tongues—hot Skin to Skin.
Because I dared not let It out—
My sick Id sucked me In.

Orel Protopopescu won the Oberon poetry prize in 2010 and a commendation in the Second Light Live Competition, 2016. What Remains (2011), her chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press. Thelonious Mouse, her fourth picture book, won a Crystal Kite, 2012, from SCBWI. A Thousand Peaks, Poems from China (with Siyu Liu) was selected for the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list. A Word’s a Bird, her animated, bilingual (English/French) poetry book for iPad, was on SLJ’s list of ten best children’s apps, 2013. Her poetry has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Oberon, Poetry Bay, Light, Lighten Up Online, New Verse News, Socialism and Democracy, and other reviews and anthologies. She teaches at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington Station, New York. www.orelprotopopescu.com