Laurie Kolp


hopeless mortification


from your velvet-lined

sewer everyone else

is to blame, everyone

who water-stained

your vale of tears, everyone

who failed to save you because


it wasn’t your fault


and you found

you liked it there

           in that sewer

you liked living

among feces and rats

liked the warped privilege:  

abandoning your soul

for vapid aspiration


while I watched,

chained to the gutter






Award-winning poet Laurie Kolp is the author of Upon the Blue Couch and Hello, it’s Your Mother. She serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and gathers monthly with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in Poet’s Market, Concho River Review, Scissors & Spackle, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and more. She lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs. Learn more about Laurie @KolpLaurie on Twitter and on her website http://lauriekolp.com.



Deep Water Literary Journal

2016 - Issue 1 - February







Sylvia Ashby (USA)



Goodness Lanre Ayoola (Nigeria)

trails of blood


Jeff Burt (USA)

Black River Nocturne


Sharon Cote (USA)

The Limits of Metamorphosis


Strider Marcus Jones (England)

Clouds of Chaotic Crowds

Dark Drawn Man

Does Her Far Beauty Know


Richard King Perkins II (USA)

A Secret Rapture


Steve Klepetar (USA)

Geography of the Dead

The Sailor Who Walked on the Sea


Laurie Kolp (USA)

hopeless mortification

To Fill the Hole


Marie C. Lecrivain (USA)

Within the Whitethorn


Marcas Mac an Tuairneir (UK)

Tinneas | Syndrome


Stanley Princewill McDaniels (Nigeria)

For Derek


Peter O’Neill (Ireland)

The Drunken Boat


James G. Piatt (USA)

He Thought of Her



John Saunders (Ireland)

The Curse


Ajise Vincent (Nigeria)



Olin Wish (USA)

War Orphan


Christopher Woods (USA)

Night Pier at Squam Lake


Susan Zerner (USA)

Last Moment with My Mother

What Are Words?