Lauren Milici

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Lauren Milici is a Jersey-born, Florida-bred gal who believes the best art is derived from naked honesty. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at West Virginia University. She posts drafts, sketches, and other trash on her website, laurenemilici.com.
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MEANWHILE

after Emily O’Neill

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how can you go home when your father waits at the foot of your bed & your boyfriend likes to hit    skips football practice to fuck the truck driver’s wife      night time is my time     dance on tables at the local dive    do you wish you were dead    wrapped in plastic    in cocaine & lace    they call you prom queen    or Flesh World cover girl    high-heeled & tied down    honey blonde in glitter black    who has the other half     of your heart-shaped locket    do you love him    biker boy in a black leather jacket    she was the one  but you were everybody’s baby    

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ALPHA

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let’s pretend / be forgetful / blackout

when you touch me the first time / second time

wish I were dead / or elsewhere / can I hit you

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as hard as I can? / kidding / we drink

to leaving / to Florida sinking / to the burnt down

buildings you left behind / we don’t talk about the bruises

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or your girlfriend / or why you came

through the window that night / I want

to tell her what it felt like

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