Laura Mullen

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Self Veil

Any­way Kept try­ing to un­wrap her here Af­ter

It was a gift. Be­cause it was. Lifted in its frame of in­vis­i­ble stick­i­ness

Kept pry­ing at the edges of be­fore

Body cur­rent un­der body call the slight scratch Swerve small it in lie an aside Mo­ment frag­ile a could I

Time trans­lated

( Volup­tuously) En­velopes en­velopes For an hour they trans­late

For an hour they trans­late What can what did hap­pen Will see

en­velopes ev­ery­thing “es­trange­ments” breathe ad­di­tional ar­range­ments

Traces of another at­tempt to agree: Marks of the dis­agree­ment— that is.

Tis­sue of pre­var­i­ca­tions. I is not me. She goes back to ‘her’ read­ing. Here. Say­ing again “Leave your body”?

There­fore to ask her to tear her­self free

No one will ever None I’ll aver

Her me

Laura Mullen is the au­thor of eight books: Com­pli­cated Grief is forth­com­ing from Solid Ob­jects this fall. Her work has been widely an­thol­o­gized. Recog­ni­tions for her po­etry in­clude Iron­wood’s Frank Stan­ford Prize, a Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts Fel­low­ship and a Rona Jaffe Award, among other hon­ors. She has had sev­eral MacDow­ell Fel­low­ships and is a fre­quent visi­tor at the Sum­mer Writ­ing Pro­gram at the Jack Ker­ouac School of Dis­em­bod­ied Poet­ics at Naropa. Mullen is the McElveen Pro­fes­sor in English at LSU and the Di­rec­tor of Cre­ative Writ­ing. Mullen’s work has been set to mu­sic by Jason Eckardt and she has col­lab­o­rated on a work for cho­rus and per­cus­sion with Nathan Davis which pre­miered in La Jolla in 2014 and is slated for per­for­mances at Notre Dame and else­where in 2015-2016.

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