Lauren Camp

Pick a Day, Any Day
by Lauren Camp

Her family jostled and congealed in fertile suburbsāˆ’a place on a map

embroidered with mirrors. Plenty of gazes

on the soles of their feet. Everyone entered through the back door,
dragging their wet words

behind them. What pauses wielded in passing.

Instead of facts, they dealt in defenses, each wearing
only the jacket

of his or her reason. The girl pulled

into a room of herself
and remained, sealing empty envelopes. How hard she worked

to find the eloquent small cadence of saying:

yes, yes, that might be impossible.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 2.

Lauren CampPoet and radio host Lauren Camp is the author of two books, most recently The Dailiness, winner of the National Federation of Press Women Poetry Prize. Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, won the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Lauren is a 2015-2018 Black Earth Institute Fellow.

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