Poetry / Poets

House of Light by Lauren Tivey

for I.M. Pei & the Suzhou Museum

We are seduced by it, incited to prayer
in the white cathedral, this Temple of Ra,

light tumbling, floating around us.
Wisterias in the atrium twist

over themselves in a spotlight,
all shadows washed clean,

while outside, far mountains undulate
in the pond, the rockscape reflecting,

glittering. A woman bends to blur
the surface, her face, and all its tragedies

of childhood and beyond, scattering
in concentric waves; her baptism,

ours, in the elemental synthesis
of Rock. Wood. Water. Sky:

We watch it happening.
We can’t even talk about it.

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2 thoughts on “House of Light by Lauren Tivey

  1. Lauren Tivey currently lives in China, where she works as an English Literature teacher in the American program at a Chinese high school. She received a MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her work has appeared in The Camel Saloon, Red Fez, Hobble Creek Review, The Literary Burlesque, Blue Lake Review, and Message in a Bottle, among others. Her chapbook, The Breakdown Atlas & Other Poems, was released in 2011 by Big Table Publishing Co. She lives for poetry, photography, travel, and adventure.

  2. “…A woman bends to blur
    the surface, her face, and all its tragedies

    of childhood and beyond, scattering
    in concentric waves…”

    beautiful!

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