Many thanks to Laura A Lord for the below guest post. I have pre-ordered Laura’s latest book, “Of Roots And Wreckage” and look forward to reading it on it’s release in June 2015. For Laura’s website please visit, (http://lauraalord.com/).
Laura A. Lord is the author of numerous collections of vignettes and poetry and one awesome children’s book about a T-Rex screwing up her entire day. It’s absolutely a true story.
Laura’s work has been featured in The Beacon, The Collegian, Whirl with Words, Tipsy Lit, Precipice, Scary Mommy, The Powder Room, The Reverie Journal, and Massacre Magazine.
Her newest collection, Of Roots and Wreckage, focuses heavily on where she grew up. Split into three sections, this collection explores the ideas of “roots” and hometowns, of people and change, of aging and death.
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Here is a selection from Of Roots and Wreckage:
Summer’s heat made a hazy
playground visage of the street –
lightening muted colors
from the limp rag plastic signs.
The gum stuck to the bottom of
my shoe and snaps with
a smack with every step like
it were still stuck between the
plump red lips of that over-dressed
old woman with her small wire
cart and her flamingo pink umbrella,
with her life packed into every square
crevasse of skin mapped out in
the wrinkles of days past
and I am young and stupid here,
with my skirt too short and my flat
belly exposed, so that the bare
expanse of my legs is a railroad
track straight to the heart of the
issue with fourteen year old girls
and their ignorant lust.
The world hangs heavy and wags
a finger in my direction to lure
me over to this place where the cream
has melted into the asphalt and
the balloons are deflated piles
of rubbery mass on the ground and the
gum smacks on my shoe, while
that battle-axe woman,
that ancient grin
with its black toothed gaping maw,
is welcoming me in to this carnival,
of my future scrawl.
© Laura A. Lord 2015
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