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Lauren Clark’s poems have appeared in FIELD, Ninth Letter, the Offing, and many other journals. They earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where they won four of five categories of the university’s prestigious Hopwood Awards.  They have been the recipient of scholarships from the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Sewanee Writers Conference. They work as program and development coordinator at Poets House in New York City and collaborate with Etc. Gallery in Chicago


January 2018

From Music for a Wedding

by Lauren Clark



At the altar my throat almost breaks
with joy. Joy

like the junebug in the kitchen
which exploded into flight

from inside the toaster last summer. Joy

like the lurch of recognition when,
after reaching behind the refrigerator,

my hand came back coated
in a gray lace of unborn moth eggs.

I catch my voice with my hands. I understand:
The trick is to greet mortality with familiarity.

The trick is to plan the party in advance.

© 2017, Lauren Clark. All rights reserved.











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