Crescent Moons

When the forensics nurse inspected me, she couldn’t
see the tenderness he showed me after. My walk home

squirmed sore with night. I passed the earthworms
displaced to sidewalk, their bodies apostrophed

in the sun. I did not anticipate a grief
so small, my noun of a prayer, Eat dirt to make dirt.

Took a man’s hand as he led me to cave. So long
as I breathed, I could huff violets in his dank, practice

earth’s gasp. Mother lifts daughter, daughter casts
look at camera, a killer, a stick in the mud. I hold

my own hand. When the forensic nurse inspected
me, I described the house, historic blue. Asked me

to push my hips down. Little crescent moons
where his nails stabbed into me. She gave me

the word abrasion so gently I offered consent. Blue
as the moon when I sighed wait, blue as the no of my

throat. Abrasion, possibly extended form of red.
Harm results in a starry night too, many galaxies

scraped under the nail of a heavenly body. Ah my
second earth, its wounds hardened into swallowed 

prophylaxis, an injection pooling between muscle
and skin. A woke seed. Deadarmed anti-moons

aggregated. A storm can travel seeds up to 30 miles
away. They dust on the sidewalks like lost data.

He did not intend Did not. Bloody speculum
a telescope searching the angry night sky for proof.

—Originally published on Poem-a-Day


(forthcoming from Noemi Press; winner of the 2016 Noemi Press Contest)

Pub date: 1/1/2018; for reviews and interviews, please contact me at n.d.eilbert [at] gmail [dot] com, or via my website.

Pub date: 1/1/2018; for reviews and interviews, please contact me at n.d.eilbert [at] gmail [dot] com, or via my website.

Swan Feast (2015)


“There is no document of civilization that isn’t also its ruins.” Swan Feast is the banquet of a fallen goddess, told through the trance of an autobiographical duckling girl. The transforming voice is visionary. She connects the discovery of the Venus of Willendorf to the discovery of oil in the Middle East, implicating imperial industrialism to the passing away of Venus into faded memory and historical anorexia. Empire is the tomb of the goddess. To excavate is a “hilarious privilege,” and its anachronism borrows illumination from darkness. The duckling is resurrecting ancient powers whose excavation ride on rage, grief, a woman’s paradoxically empowered desperation which finds solidity in disappearance. In the wake of suffering, we may remember ourselves. Out of ruin, an alien star rises.


And I Shall Again Be Virtuous (2014)


Conversation with the Stone Wife (2014)



"Beautiful Door” and “Activation in the midst of a massacre,” The Spectacle, June 2019

Crescent Moons,” poem-a-day, April 2019

Mediastinum” and “BacteriumPOETRY MAGAZINE, APRIL 2019

from “The Lake,” The Brooklyn Rail, March 2019

“Malignant,Black Warrior Review, February 2019 (Print edition only)

Aubade,” Buzzfeed Reader, September 2018

"Judges," Granta, December 2017

"There Is Darkness to the Landscape and Still We Must Teach" and "Nocturne: an Offering," Denver Quarterly, December 2017

from "The Lake,Bennington Review

"Afterlife," Poem-a-day at The Academy of American Poets, August 2017

"Election day," Tinderbox Poetry Journal, June 2017

"With Her," Muzzle Magazine, June 2017

from "The Lake," The Essay Review, May 2017

"Black Tourmaline," Foundry Journal, December 2016

"Ezekielle" and "Duderonomy," The Lifted Brow Online Edition, December 2016

from "The Lake," PEN America Poetry Series, December 2016

"To Become Myself I Fear What I'll Become" and "Apteria," Horsethief, September 2016 

"Ezekielle" and "Duderonomy," The Lifted Brow, July 2016

"Hexodus," "Perviticus," and "Book of $$$$$$$," Public Pool, June 2016

"Eden: a Postscript," "A Valley Is Where a Hole Ends and We are Forced to Begin," and "Liquid Waste," Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal (Print)

"He Needs a Stage or a pedestal or a pinnacle" and "liquid Waste," jubilat, Spring 2016 (Print)

"panic attack (for wretchedness)," "Portrait of the tongue forgetting itself," "Rock missive," and "Rhythm thirteen," The Wanderer via Harlot Media, Spring 2016

"Vagenesis," The Boston Review, Spring 2016

"Exchange III" and "Delirium of Negation," The Offing, Spring 2016

"Rogue Meets Ms. Marvel," "Battleground!," and "Definitions of a carriage," Typo Magazine, Spring 2016

excerpts from "Man Hole," Verse, Winter 2016

Two poems from "Liquid Waste," Washington Square Journal, Winter 2016

"Chiaroscuro," Vinyl Poetry Poem of the Week, Winter 2016

"let everything happen to you," Sixth finch, Spring 2016

"Where does this tenderness come from?" and "Man-Made Lake," Pith, Fall 2015

"The limits of What We can do," The New Yorker, Fall 2015

"Edenic," The Kenyon Review, Summer 2015 (Print)

"Let Everything Happen to You," Poem-a-Day via The Academy of American Poets, Spring 2015

"To Label the Beast," Sundog Lit, Winter 2015



excerpt from Malignant (novel-in-progress), Cosmonauts Avenue, November 2016


Personal Essays

“Crime and Composure,” The Rumpus (forthcoming)

“Getting It Right: The Problems of Narrative in Sexual Assault Literature,” from my AWP 2019 lecture, published on Medium, April 2019

Indelible: Poetry is a Reconstructive Force,” published on Medium, March 2019

“Infinity” published on Medium, September 2018

"Song For Daniel, Stillborn," The Lifted Brow, issue 31, September 2016 

"Conceding Is Not Consent," The Fanzine, Winter 2015

"Throwing Up Huevos Rancheros in a Motel in Napa, 1 pm," Delirious Hem, Fall 2014


Interviews and Conversations

Natalie Eilbert Reads “Mediastinum,” The Poetry Foundation, May 20, 2019

“Poetry Can Handle This: On Trauma and Radical Exposure: A conversation Between Diana Arterian and Natalie Eilbert,” LitHub, September 2018

Keep the Channel open podcast, episode 72: Natalie Eilbert, August 2018

Natalie Eilbert in Conversation with Vi Khi Nao, Entropy, January 2018

Shelterbelt Series: Natalie Eilbert and her sci-fi Feminism, NPR Illinois, October 2016, conducted by Rachel Otwell

Voices of Bettering American Poetry Interview Series, VIDA, August 2016, conducted by the Bettering American Poetry Anthology editors

Make (No) Bones Podcast, Episode 6: an Interview with Natalie Eilbert, Make (No) Bones, May 2016, Conducted by Toby Altman and Emily Barton Altman

"Piss on the Sheets": An Interview with Natalie Eilbert,  SmokeLong Quarterly,  April 2016, Conducted by Megan Giddings

Boro Book Chat: An Interview with Natalie Eilbert, Queens Book Festival blog, February 2016, Conducted by Allison Fabian

30 Must-Read Debut Poetry Collections from 2015LitHub, December 2015, Conducted by Adam Fitzgerald

Left Over with Natalie Eilbert, drDoctor Podcast, August 2015, Conducted by Sam Farahmand

On "Imprecation," In Their Own Words Series, Poetry Society of America, June 2015, Conducted by Brett Fletcher Lauer

Excavation, Consciousness, and Creation: An Interview with Natalie Eilbert, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, August 2014, Conducted by Tobias Carrol

Poet of the Week: Natalie Eilbert, Brooklyn Poets, May 2014, conducted by Jason Koo

Natalie Eilbert Interviews Valeria LuiselliThe Atlas Review, May 2014

An Interview with Natalie Eilbert, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlas ReviewWashington Square Review, January 2014, Conducted by ONSQ Editors



Reviewing Others

"tell me i belong here: a review of charif shanahan's Into each room we enter without knowing," La review of books, Summer 2017

"Cheer Up, Femme Fatale: A Review of Kim Yideum," Sink Review, Summer 2016

"I feel discouraged about the future: a review of Anna Moschovakis's They and We Will Get into Trouble for This," The Fanzine, Summer 2016

"Anne Boyer's Garments AGainst Women: a Review," Sink Review, Winter 2016

"Aaron Apps's Dear Herculine and Intersex: a Review," Sink Review, Fall 2015

"Tongue Kiss Her Other Tongue: Inside Jenny Zhang's Hags," Boog City, Winter 2015

"Twerk by LaTasha Nevada Diggs: a Review," H_ngM_n, Fall 2014



Upcoming projects include a new book of poems called Man Hole (finished!) (Hi!) 

An untitled collection of essays about trauma, consent, and exercise (in process). Essays from this book include (but are subject to abattoir–style revising) the following:

An untitled novel about a flagrant liar named Alex whose lies are complicated by trauma, eating disorders, and a typical morass of her generation's role in a literally dying world (circa 2040). Surrounding Alex is one giant unforgivable lie told blackout drunk at a party, plus a strange new world of biometrics apps, high society, and (in general) technological solipsism (in process, CLEARLY).