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Watch “Laura A. Lord: Boudoir Photos, Self-Esteem, & Poetry | PenPaperPad Talks Books” on YouTube

I know I’ve introduced you to Laura my cohort at The Reverie Journal. Here we discuss a whole menagerie of things- aging, self-confidence small town living, and learning to love yourself. All this and we managed to talk about poetry as well. I hope you enjoy this interview.

Also catch me today on the channel with Amy and Burgess talking about our Camp NaNoWriMo experiences at 8 pm EST on my channel. Join us.

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Introducing Heartbreaking Poet, Laura A. Lord | Indie Author Spotlight

This woman impresses the Hell out of me. I won’t say that very often, so you know it’s real.

Laura A. Lord pens such smart and beautiful poetry. And she produces it so quickly. (Keep in mind, my collection from last year was from the span of 15 years or so.) Not only is she a beautiful soul, a writer of such skill, a devoted mother and wife, and she’s a graphic designer. Did you see The Reverie Journal‘s beautiful layout? She did that and she’ll be designing the magazines.

Oh…and the covers of all of her books. Ms. Laura A. Lord, could you please stop being so awesome? The rest of us are just trying to keep up.  I’m reading her latest release Of Roots and Wreckage and  I am absolutely slayed.  There’s a deep-seated strength, a snarl, a quiet desperation, and softened eyes gleaming with tears in the pages of this collection. I wanted to give you guys an opportunity to learn more about her, to check out her poetry, and to just feel this.

(By the way–can you just look at this glorious cover?)

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In Of Roots and Wreckage, Laura A. Lord moves us with the imagery that has come to define her poetry. Whether looking into the brutal truths of where one calls home to moments of reveling in the joy and pain of an aging body – Lord is  to exploring in raw honesty the smallest of moments and describes with startling clarity the mysteries that move and break us.

Want to win a free copy of Laura’s Of Roots and Wreckage? Enter Laura’s Goodread’s Giveaway Here!

Her newest collection, Of Roots and Wreckage, focuses heavily on where she grew up. Split into three sections, this collection explores the ideas of “roots” and hometowns, of people and change, of aging and death.

Here is a selection from Of Roots and Wreckage:

 

 

 

Field of Poppies

I was thirteen when I watched

the blue of your eyes

take on a strange hue.

The roots of some storm brewing

right there below your lashes,

clumped with cheap mascara

like the gnarled ends of an apple tree.

 

You paced the bedroom –

speedy steps across twelve feet.

The inklings of your maelstrom

were as audible as

my grandmother’s tap, tap, tap

on the conjoining wall

and I wonder if she heard your thunder.

 

I loved your nightgown –

a frivolous scrap of blue

bouncing around the edges of your thighs,

as you delivered an epilogue

of literary proportions.

I knew this was the end

or the first of apocalyptic beginnings.

 

You tossed the slim shining metal

in the air like one big

piece of WalMart brand confetti,

sucked in your lip at the corner

until it turned almost as crimson

as the first cut – a thin line

breaking free of your porcelain skin.

 

I was picking at the dried bits

of yellow wax on my leg –

the remains of some old

Christmas cookie candle

and when I had cleared the field,

you made a furrow with the tip.

An explosion of poppies bloomed there.

 

So, you curled up beside me

and when I tried to catch

the soft petals as they dripped,

you kissed my hand,

said, We are women.

They’ll never know.

I was thirteen and my grandmother tapped on the wall.

© Laura A. Lord 2015

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You can find this author and poet in all these wonderful places!

Twitter    Facebook    Soundcloud    YouTube

Amazon    Goodreads    Google +    Pinterest

Independent Author Network    Dystenium

 

Her other books available NOW!

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Laura A. Lord is the author of numerous collections of vignettes and poetry and one awesome children’s book about a T-Rex screwing up her entire day. It’s absolutely a true story.

Laura’s work has been featured in The Beacon, The Collegian, Whirl with Word, Tipsy Lit, Precipice, Scary Mommy, The Powder Room, The Reverie Journal, and Massacre Magazine.

 

 

 

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A Giveaway to say thanks!

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Hey you guys! I really appreciate the support you’ve given me over the years. In an effort to show you that I think you’re awesome, here’s a little giveaway. I reached a milestone of 1,000+ likes on my Facebook author page. (If you haven’t liked it, it’s over there in the sidebar. Go on and do it. We have fun there. And there’s pie…though we might be out of pie.)

In any case, two amazing authors have agreed to give away autographed copies of their books. They also happen to be the co-editors of The Reverie: Laura A. Lord and HastyWords. (Check out their writing, because they’re awesome.) I’ll be giving one of mine as well. Here’s the raffle down below. Be sure to enter and send this link to a friend! Thanks so much and look forward to the future you guys. I’ve got some things up my sleeve.
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