We are so thrilled to introduce our newest poet, Laura Manardo. We will be publishing her fantastic chapbook LEMON WATER IN LAKE MICHIGAN in late February. Here is a poem from the chapbook so you can start to dig her style:
Irrawaddy Dolphins and Casual Sex
Like the Irrawaddy dolphin,
I have sex for pleasure
and it ruins me
because I need you to hold me afterward
in the Mekong River.
I need you
to swim alongside me
and let me take a breath
from your blowhole.
It is estimated that 91 of us still exist,
Still swim together.
Well, every time I leave
your bed I feel the dead
the river’s bottom.
their lives trying to breathe
in each other’s exhaled breaths,
trying to buoy themselves to see
the sun rise and fall
on each other’s backs.
Laura Manardo is a 24-year-old graduate student at Columbia College Chicago getting her MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction. You can find Laura in coffee shops working on her poetry and fiction, both about marine life, bodies of water, and her relationship with womanhood. Her most recent publications include Mulberry Fork Review, Maudlin House, Firefly Magazine, and Cacti Fur.
I LOVE this and cannot wait for the full book!