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Laurel Ann Bogen

If there were any justice in the world, Laurel Ann Bogen would star in her own Detective Supremo mystery franchise. Her book, Washing a Language, features a gorgeous painting of the Hollywood Reservoir on the cover.


Hollywood Hills Noir

Aberration of weather studs
the sloe eyed city where change
jells in ripples after due process
I could go deeper
pry open the locked vault
below, combustible fossils bubble
in tar and petroleum beneath
Wilshire Blvd.óthe jacaranda's roots
divide the house
Los Angeles
erupts in violet blossoms
each spring the profusion
is uncontained by stucco

Nature needs tending, of course
every few years the plates shift
the photogenic councilman is arrested
and somebody takes a fall
That's how I came hereóby a calling
as surely as the devil herself
cloaked in the need to be seen
in filtered light
latticed with fault lines
and an underground whirlpool
as profligate as oil

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Speechless Spring 2007
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Tebot Bach