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20 December 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 4

Romantic Movies

The plane crashed

but did the pilot

have to be so badly

burned? Our blonde—her hair

fluent, sea plants reaching

for the sea—must she love him

still (no matter

what)? Wailing

in silence by carlight

at the hospital, he's strapped

down by puzzling

contraptions. Confession

—is it needed (bowls

of diamonds?)—

Question: should I slip

on my slip and rush this

flight or wait full blushed

for the warning

call? Return: it snowed

all night and now, quietly,

I watch you shovel

our driveway (trace

trail). The dawning

shivers. Makes a sail.

About the author:

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter holds an MFA from the University of Alabama. Her work has been featured on Verse Daily and has most recently appeared in Fugue, Faultline, and Salt Hill. New poems are forthcoming in Blue Mesa Review and Crab Orchard Review. She lives in Missoula, Montana where she continues to work as prose editor for the online journal, DIAGRAM.



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