by Lauren Ireland




(“Sorry It’s So Small” was originally published in The Offending Adam and is reprinted here today with permission from the poet.)

Lauren Ireland grew up in southern Maryland and coastal Virginia. Currently an editor at Lungfull! Magazine, she also curates The Reading at Chrystie Street, a monthly poetry series. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Conduit, notnostrums, and Bateau, among other magazines. A chapbook, Sorry It’s So Small, is forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press. More work can be found online at She lives in Brooklyn.

Editor’s Note: This poem reads, to me, like snippets of thought. The kind of thought process I often refer to as “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” How love lost leads you to think about nature which leads you to think about sadness and your own human flaws, and how those thoughts circle back again to love. And how, within the small world created within these skipping stones of thought, one confronts deeper notions such as great sadness, what you will endure as an emotional human being, and how you can love someone deeply and not remember what they look like.

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About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Managing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  1. Deborah says:

    Now Nature hates you. Nature the pronoun. Perfect. Through the loss, yearning for connection and attention, regardless of the source. More perfecter.

  2. Lezlie says:

    Sivan, will you write a poem for me and call it “Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon?”

  3. Sivan Butler-Rotholz says:

    @ Deborah – Thank you, your comments are always so insightful and help shed a new light on work I already adore.

    @ Lezlie – Yes, though I can’t promise it will be a good one! ; )

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