The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Dipping the dead

by Katherine DiBella Seluja


It was a high school job
second shift

tropical fish warehouse
walking the scale strewn aisles

bubbling tanks stacked three high
moisture and fluorescent light

and the chore that no one wanted

removal of each carcass
bloated midnight skin

some missing eye or fin
scoop and thud of net on plastic tub

feral cats whining at the door



KATHERINE DIBELLA SELUJA is a nurse poet who allows her years in health care to inform her writing. Katherine's work has appeared in Adobe Walls, American Journal of Nursing, Barefoot Review, Connotation Press and Touch, among others. Her poem "The Formula for Wholeness" was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.