Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’s first book, The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize. Some of her poems have been published, or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2017, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in spring 2020. She teaches poetry independently, and is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.


Ashbuds by Danusha Laméris

    I thought nothing of it, the way my mother would recite from memory as she drove us to school, or loaded groceries into the car. Stopping to pay the dark-haired teller on the Bay Bridge two dollars, she might, as she headed off into morning traffic, begin, “Love, […]


Ladybugs by Danusha Laméris

    The ladybugs are suicidal again, crawling along the inside of my window panes, bright jots of color against the winter light. Soon, I’ll find their dried husks lining the sill. Which, if they were any other beetles, wouldn’t bother me half as much. I know they’re only trying […]