FNS: Mornings, at the Urge of the Water from Lauren Camp

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Every Friday night we will feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: a poem from Lauren Camp


Every day, I push aside the mirror, pass along
the road, say the small words I say
to whoever is waking — intermittent
abbreviations tuned to the curve of water.

The wry light dovetails to ocean.
Waves accumulate and sing, supple or tragic,
even as they leisurely vanish.

Morning overlaps and wraps me to noon.
I fill a bottle with salt and the holes in the ocean.
The sound continues to empty.
Maple leaves slowly rot.


Lauren Camp is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The Dailiness, winner of the National Federation of Press Women 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick.” Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, was selected by David Wojahn for the Dorset Prize, and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She won The Más Tequila Review Margaret Randall Poetry Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Linebreak, Redivider, The Laurel Review, Nimrod and other journals. She hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio. www.laurencamp.com.

Her poem “Combo at the Best Bar” is featured in our music issue.

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