Unexpected Slide | Laurie Kolp

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Valley hillside provided
speed for the modeling
team, four well-trained
residents tasked to slide
into the coast for photos.
Declining as mosaic
imagery, they
collapsed in muddy
debris by the trailer.
A slide into pasture
of horses gathering
water, a slide
into catastrophe.

Source: “Aid After Catastrophe,” David A. Brown and Jackie Ouellette. xyHt. Fall 2014.

About the Author
Texas native Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press) has poems appearing in Concho River Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pirene’s Fountain, North Dakota Quarterly, and more. Her poem, Figure 8, was nominated for Best of the Net through Yellow Chair Review. Laurie recently returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus. Learn more about her (@KolpLaurie on Twitter) at lauriekolp.com.