“Lawrence’s poems are beautiful and brutal at once.”-BJ Ward

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 DIAGNOSIS, from FALL RISK, short-listed by Billy Collins FISH Poetry Prize 2021

Diagnosis

I flash to the darkness
how it buries
press bare knees to chest cry
sponge my snot
tiptoe to the kitchen grab a bottle
yesterday’s coffee mug
quick rinse
pour

wine is warm
I drink anyway
dry floral hues tickle my throat as
I stare at recipe cards
& cartons of cereal
yank a drawer, stack pens in piles
alphabetize the spice rack

anise
black pepper
cloves

scrub a burnt pan
until fingers are raw
fill a teapot.

Walls are quiet but for your breath
clogged vacuum hose,
I kneel &
stare at my newness born
as the kettle cries.

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