2 poems by Lauren Terry

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Cruise Ship


At the lip of the sea,

a fat white body

is snagged on capstone,

flank slick with algae.


A boy prods

its belly with a stick,

and swears

he sees it flinch.


Orlando


white hallway doors pulled to


at the other end

a small blue pane



suitcases


grey speckled pool deck

in desperate want of loungers


but the water is a black hole

and the filter comes alive

at night

chattering


Orange World World Showcase Lighthouse Sculpture Honours

Tot Killed by Gator

at Walt Disney World


we the people


Pulse


overhead

the traffic lights

swing

a thin black cord

around their necks


TEES $1.99


where Spiderman

spins a sign for Subway

sweat soaking

through his morphsuit


a local woman tallies cents in the tollbooth

the desk fan tips its head in her direction


shell

of an armadillo

rocking

on the other side


planes taxi


images cannot hold

themselves together


the smoking deck is a wire pen

scattered nubs infertile seeds

the ground could not swallow


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Lauren Terry is an AHRC / Midlands4Cities researcher at Nottingham Trent University. Lauren's critical-creative PhD thesis explores the connections between (neuro)psychoanalysis, modernist poetic language, and material objects. She is published by Nottingham presses, Launderette Books and Mud Press. Her poems will appear in the forthcoming issue of The Molly Bloom.