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Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp is the author of four books, including One Hundred Hungers, winner of the Dorset Prize. Her most recent collection is Turquoise Door. Her poems have appeared in Poem-a-Day (The Academy of American Poets), Slice, and Poetry International, among other journals, and in the anthologies Ghost-Fishing (University of Georgia Press, 2018) and 12 Poetas (Ediciones La Herrata Feliz, 2017).

To the Left of the Ocean


I enter the rose and glow under skies double-dyed gray.
Previous colors will keep fading—

golden club and grazing geese, sweet clematis,
pickerelweed, sheep laurel, inkberry—

into thin opinions of darkness. The scandal of autumn.
Now, nothing but walking through

each maple's similar branches. Now, nothing
but standing in hushed rooms of sand

with shifty light and its conflict. I hasten to keep listening
to the breaking blue distance, hearing its lessons.

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