The Boy

Diana Arterian

Artist Statement

The Boy

In the black tree
the child sings
of wind, light, the birds:

“My tree taught me school
took me under
I sit on her little eye

“in learning flowers
a space gives
then treeborn beams shower
the cage droops like a wing
gold buds and plants kiss me
silver fruits in my hair”

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and creator and Managing Editor of Ricochet. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was recently published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her writing and translation have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, and The Volta, among others.