30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 23 | Extravagance by Lauren Camp

September 23, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic


            For John Coltrane. For autumn.


The day spends everything

on color.


We withdraw

from the descending



to our houses. Toward


the flannel.

One was born knowing


long legends. He could fray

changes. Blew


cadence. With a horn, he bent

and burdened notes


to clouds.

The trees in their raiment


chord and lengthen.

Each heart wears the start


of sleep, and all the leaves

in a hurry to browning.



Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poems appear in New England Review, Poetry International, Beloit Poetry Journal and elsewhere. Some of her poems have been translated into Turkish, Mandarin and Spanish. Lauren is a Black Earth Institute Fellow and the producer/host of Santa Fe Public Radio’s “Audio Saucepan,” which interweaves global music with contemporary poetry. www.laurencamp.com.


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