I’m grateful to discover, through my freshly
arriving summer 2022 Pen Woman magazine,
Lauren Harrison, a young journalist by training who
writes as the teaching poet, L. Renee.
Her current Tin House poem mixing the mayhem of
mayflies and the African diaspora, arising out of her research
to create family archives, made me feel I held ancient lace
that unfolded to bear stains of sweat, blood & tears.
“Wings fade as fine gossamer in June sun
buoyed by a buzz too quick to be caught
by my eye, which doesn’t want to bear the witnessing:”
c. Lauren Harrison/ L. Renee
I feel I will cross paths with Lauren on paper and online
again, if not in person eventually,
as her poems merit fine collection in a first chapbook,
& beyond that, more between-covers brightness.
[note: a different writer is the L. Renee who is
L. Renee Ricardson.]
L. Renee of Ohio/Lauren Harrison
I’ve had two derails in my road in the last week & so
welcomed wrapping myself in the Pen Woman magazine,
which took me into others’ lives, triumphs & struggles.
When I came out of all their words & worlds, I saw anew
my wonderful world, in which all my prayers are praise.
And I praise SALT CITY VERSE. Find #PoetryFriday here
with Janice, considering things not seen,