Shadows – Poetry by Stacey Lawrence

Self-portrait on the Road to Tarascon – Vincent van Gogh

Your easel 
still slants here
overlooks our pond
roiled with mud
tubes of used blues left scattered 
in damp weeds
bleed into earth
where it seems you
crouch on a sailcloth stool 
gliding a badger’s bristles 
over canvas.

About the Poet

A young widow and breast cancer survivor, Stacey Lawrence is a veteran teacher of Poetry and Creative Writing at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in The Comstock Review, Eunoia Review, Flora Fiction, Dream Noir, Broad River Review, Exit Strata amongst others. Her poem Pasteur Pipette was included in the recent anthology Pain & Renewal. She has a BA in Drama, MA in English & an MAT in Speech & Theater. She is an avid hiker in the Catskill Mountains, where she has a writing cabin. This is her first book.

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

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