Lauren Tivey

Lauren Tivey
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Lauren Tivey has been living in China for the past two years, where she works as an English Literature teacher in the American Program at a Chinese high school. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in poetry and literature from Granite State College in 2005, and her MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was the recipient of the 2008 Jack Myers Grant for Outstanding Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Deuce Coupe, The Montucky Review, The Literary Burlesque, Blue Lake Review, The Legendary, Message in a Bottle, Gutter Eloquence, SPARK, Word Salad, Snakeskin, Sierra Nevada Review, Red River Review, Medicinal Purposes, Timber Creek Review, Sahara, and Red Owl, among ... more »

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Elegy For Japan

Over the tortured shores of Miyagi,
a spinning uranium sky, full of ghosts,

those taken during lovemaking, meals,
while singing their earthly songs,

whispering stories of their gone lives,
of the broken, the taken, the swept-away:

they tell of Owatatsumi, gathering the bodies
to his sunken necropolis, wrapped to sleep

in his ribbons of kelp; of children stolen by waves,
rocked to rest in the embrace of mermaids;

their passions by the sea, goods of their days,
of the polished mandolin, its gentle tune

carried away from ...

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