Lauren Rooker’s poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iris, Matter, and National Literary Review. “Translation” is excerpted from a manuscript-length sequence of persona poems that re-imagine the post-lapsarian experiences of Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, and the snake. Lauren lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.
Lauren Rooker: Translation
Cain When I asked Where the hell am I? I meant God, guide me. When I asked How much is the fare? I meant My feet are bleeding, My belly’s empty, it’s cold. When I said It’s cold I meant I’m scared shitless. When I screamed Goddamnit I meant Grant me rest. When I cried […]