Lauren Hilger - a masterful expose of filmic proportions. In each poem is a film beckoning to be viewed, emotional resonance pulling you in for a full embrace

Lauren Hilger, Lady Be Good, Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016.

Lauren Hilger’s debut is a masterful expose of filmic proportions. In each poem is a film beckoning to be viewed, emotional resonance pulling you in for a full embrace. Lady Be Good is a delight and declares Hilger as an important voice in contemporary poetry.
The Damascus Room
Against the ear a message from one world,
the cold of another, everything lit lurid by
skilled craftsmen. During the day, the escalators keep moving for no one. There remains that list of the last

things in the life of Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky.
Chapter 6 of The Last Tycoon.
Every other page not seen
in the book on display at the museum.

There was a message unmuted,
uninjured, talisman, all ivory hilt,
all of that paper, that manmade
tile, the window.

A seat for everyone— let’s just meet here again.

Palinode“, Blackbird“The Dark Ages”, Massachusetts Review “Monk’s Dream”, Literary Orphans“As Tolstoy’s Natasha on the Hunt”, Berkeley Poetry Review“Spare a Traveler Some?”, The Nervous Breakdown“Claude Thornhill Composition”, Minola Review“Two Stanza Republic”Gulf Coast“Binary”North American Review“Hard Hat”“Wanted as Handled”Hunger MountainΔTime“, “On the Town (1949)“, “Double Indemnity (1944)“, Prelude (Print)
“As Vera-Ellen”“Red Paisley”“The Seven Year Itch”Prelude Online“Birthday”Four Way ReviewThree PoemsLUMINA Online“The Platonic What’s at Stake”Harvard Review Online“Exotica”The Cortland Review“The Nude as Champagne Swallow”Redivider“It Sails Off”The JournalThree Poems3:AM Magazine“The Announcement”Black Warrior Review“LHOOQ”Alaska Quarterly ReviewTwo PoemsSonora ReviewTwo PoemsThe Carolina Quarterly
co-authored with Kay Cosgrove
“Jumping,” “Love Poem,” and “‘The Moon Rides like a Girl—through a Topaz Town'”, Yes, Poetry“Hero Book,” “Score for Invention,” “To January,” Witch Craft Magazine“The Lap Pool”, Cosmonauts Avenue“Goodbye, Hot-Dot!”Puerto del Sol“The Emergency”Washington Square Review“Worn as a Toga”“House Guest”Cimarron Review“The Real/Polly Pocket”, “A Real Knack for It”, The Blueshift JournalInterview,  The Blueshift Journal“Flour”Salamander Magazine
Workers of the Real Estate Wealth Expo, North American ReviewPantry, Lilah HegnauerKenyon Review OnlineDirecting Herbert White, James Franco, DIAGRAMVideotape, Andrew Zawacki, Green Mountains Review (Print & Online)
Signaletics, Emilia Phillips, Green Mountains ReviewChapel of Inadvertent Joy, Jeffrey McDaniel, Green Mountains Review3 Sections, Vijay Seshadri, Green Mountains ReviewAs Long as Trees Last, Hoa Nguyen, The Café ReviewCompass, Luc Phinney, Green Mountains ReviewThe Imaginary City, Michael BazzettGreen Mountains ReviewCharms Against Lightning, James Arthur, The CollagistHer Familiars, Jane Satterfield, Green Mountains ReviewIn the Kingdom of the Ditch, Todd Davis, Green Mountains ReviewMayakovsky’s Revolver, Matthew Dickman, CutBankRefuge, Adrie Kusserow, Green Mountains ReviewDarkening the Grass, Michael Miller, Green Mountains ReviewDark Square, Peter Marcus, Green Mountains Review