Laura Foley

Laura Foley

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In the WTP Spotlight:
Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections, including Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, which received a starred Kirkus review. Her poems have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Lavendar Review, and in many international publications. 

image of poet Laura Foley on the beach

A Perfect Arc

From WTP Vol. VII #9

I remember the first time he dove.
He was five and we were at a swimming pool
and I said: you tip your head down as you are going in,
while your feet go up.
And then his lithe little body did it exactly right,

a perfect dive, sliding downward, arcing without a wave,
and I just stood
amazed and without words
as his blond head came up again
and today

I watched him for the longest time as he walked
firm and upright along the street,
with backpack, guitar, all he needs,
blossoming outward in a perfect arc,
a graceful turning
away from me.

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