top of page

Loretta Oleck


Loretta Oleck ‘s chapbook, Songs from the Black Hole was  released by FinishingLine Press. She was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Poetry Prize, and her poetry and photography have been published in The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Adirondack Review, The Missing Slate, Obsidian Literature, Black Lawrence Press, So to Speak: Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Right Hand Pointing, Feminist Studies, among numerous others. 



in the right light

he feeds me cake while the baby sleeps

on my breast in a shaft of light

streaming through our basement window

the only light that ever enters

from 11:04 to 11:11 every morning

on the dot

unlikely rays finding their way

into the narrowest alley dividing

our basement buried beneath an old pencil

factory across but spitting distance

from porn toy manufacturers

the baby stirs and he rubs her back

in circles till she coos and purrs

then he leans over to kiss my forehead

letting his lips slide down the side

of my nose down to the random cake crumb

stuck to the corner of my rosebud lips

shining in the seven minute ribbon

of a springtime sun-stream

when our family appears

to be nothing

less than perfect.

(c) 2017 Loretta Oleck

bottom of page