My Bed in the Luminous Fray

Last night the moon took me back

in its discipline

as if light could restore what I’d carefully set aside.

The window flickered its lace.


I leaned on my white pillow,

with the white sheet across the map of my body.

The luminous peered through

in eddies, and settled its fine blooms.


Last night, the moon was plump.

My bed ridden by lightness. 

Lauren Camp is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith, 2013), winner of the New Mexico Press Women 2014 Poetry Book Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick.” Her third book, One Hundred Hungers, was selected by David Wojahn for the Dorset Prize, and will be published by Tupelo Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Brilliant Corners, Beloit Poetry Journal, Linebreak, Nimrod, J Journal, and elsewhere. She hosts “Audio Saucepan,” a global music/poetry program on Santa Fe Public Radio, and writes the blog Which Silk Shirt.