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.


    white hallway doors pulled to

    at the other end

    a small blue pane


    grey speckled pool deck

    in desperate want of loungers

    but the water is a black hole

    and the filter comes alive

    at night


    Orange World World Showcase Lighthouse Sculpture Honours

    Tot Killed by Gator

    at Walt Disney World

    we the people



    the traffic lights


    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


    of an armadillo


    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


    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.