COMMANDO by E’mon Lauren

First off, excellent cover art. And E’mon Lauren has a great voice. She does traditional poetic repetition and she goes stream of consciousness, but the sound is young and internet-y. The collection itself is really about existing in a body in this world, specifically Chicago. Skin and hair and touching and looking and watching. My favorite pieces are “Micros and Aggression,” “A Window-Shopping-Ass-N—–,” and “the Womb’s Prayer.” Commando is good, quick book of poems.

Best line:

“had my homie crack my card for bail money. wrote a thesis on why you got me fucked up. earned commission on the hands you can catch but can’t hold.”

E’mon Lauren

-Rachel Wagner


My books: 
– Jacob’s Hip: Poems
– FEM: New Millennium Beauty & Fashion
– Abandonment Issues: Alive in New Jersey
– Back Like I Never Left: Dating as a Single Mother

My bookstore: Ten Dollar Books

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