Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee

Poem: charcoal night

Poem: charcoal night

black crystals and soft star-studded wings rise on finely twisted twine its shadow hovers, twitching  In tune with the beat of a wretched heart Korean r&b reigns in the hollow space   silence casts a muted glow; it flares against the worn and wet cheeks of a...

Facial expressions in the time of a pandemic

Facial expressions in the time of a pandemic

Ever since I returned to in-person school in the fall, I had quickly noticed the diverse expressions people were able to convey through their eyes and nearby facial muscles. The most prevalent appeared to be the wink (or a half-wink); a wink would help convey emotions...

poem: ripped clutter

poem: ripped clutter

clusters of granola and cane sugar swarm, densely  coating the thumping heart gurgling rancid pomegranate seeds and flaky scales of fish   oil pools slovenly on the oceanic floor it drips steadily into the fetid waters,  moments before pinguid bubbles rise  ...

Poem: rockin’

Poem: rockin’

swish, goes the scraps into the trees long and gone, up to your kneeswrists twist, teeth clacks snapping in dissonant feelings of deepened anxiety ropes of gum collect, spillage springs from the lever, hurtling, slicing through the darkened sky a second ticking post –...

Poem: regret

Poem: regret

breaks into you collapse your arteries, implode your bones a dollop of essence sinks, sloshing in an airy primeval goblet set with dripping stones rimming blackened edges with hot wax post – one rusty vigorous shaker black ice crawls, swirls over the glazed solid the...

Poem: grim reaper’s webs

Poem: grim reaper’s webs

webbed row-by-row, hanging from pinpoints under the sky buildings of inky grey and black, swirls melting across their borders a shadow of what-if events drained away breathless, collapse on your back muted, lolls your head, hear the monitor beep… beep… beep… kicking...

Poem: the ocean’s lone grave

Poem: the ocean’s lone grave

graveyard of loss    battered skin with a rough dusting of salt  hangs dripping jeweled coral piercing the air from its shelter  tucked between braided waterlogged seagreen tresses  Burrowing heels between shifting mountains of sand cast storms of shells whisked...