Laura Paul


I can’t be jaded like Cassadaga,
in the past, like Lily Dale.
See, my dead are dead
and not a hindrance
to my work.

They are my work, my dead,
my work.
I dig, I pray, I light.
I did 10,000 asanas, posing
that mandala arcing towards
god. My pujas lined up like words, they
are my words,
paper candles lit in a row.

See, it’s automatic.
Hear, I have nothing else to offer,
10,000 words a day, maybe more,
sure I’ll find god,
I have, maybe I will,
I’ll have.



Laura Paul is a writer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of Entropy’s monthly horoscope column, Stars to Stories. Previously, her work has been featured by the Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Eohippus Labs, Shirley Magazine, and at the West Hollywood Book Fair and Los Angeles Zine Fair. Raised in Sacramento, she’s earned her B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Master’s degree from UCLA where she was the recipient of the 2011 Gilbert Cates Fellowship. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @laura_n_paul.