Lauren Kayes

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

Lauren Kayes is a queer, disabled writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog and leopard gecko.

Portfolio
Blunderbuss Magazine
03/09/2017
Acadia

But the weight is right. It feels like heart and brain and fur and beard and bone, all tied off in a plastic bag.

The Rumpus.net
01/08/2018
Unbound

I imagine a light held to the place where I open would illuminate a mess of torn flesh, throbbing red-wet.

Lauren Kayes
10/23/2016
Teeth

I had a dream the other night that my teeth were falling out. First whole, molars followed by canines, then in chunks and shards.

Lauren Kayes
01/16/2017
Dream Twenty-Four

There are cranberries to pick in the white flowers, and a rose soaked in juice from the berries, pink and wet like the inside of a lip, a flick of tongue.

The Rising Phoenix Review
02/20/2017
Private Property

He plans to catch us like mice, like rabbits, Jaws snapping spines, rope tight ‘round ankles, Hearts in ruddy hands beating blood-bright.

sea foam mag
Venus in Scorpio

Caterpillars slurp the soup of their own bodies to grow and I can’t imagine we were told that you have to eat your skin and stomach and heart to become something beautiful.

Lauren Kayes
01/18/2017
Straw House

I draw a tree over my healing bruise in ballpoint pen, the kind that smears when you look at it funny. Inky branches unfurl over a palm-sized wash of golden currant and leaf green and muddled blackberry purple, all colors that are absent from Los Angeles autumn.

Lauren Kayes
08/20/2015
Funeral for Fun

Just reach past your ribs, hold your beating heart in your hands, and listen.

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