049.1: Lauren Ireland:: Sorry It’s So Small & I Should Have Killed You in that Field & Fucking Tell Me & In the Ouchita Mountains
14 February 2011
One of the more memorable scenes from Martin Scorsese's The Departed is when Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) tells Madolyn (Vera Farmiga), a therapist for the Boston Police Depatment, that, "What Freud said about the Irish is: We're the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis." I'm not sure if Lauren Ireland is Irish, has ever been to Boston, or is even an informant for the FBI. I do know, however, that her work maintains a similar kind of wild imperviousness, where each sentence—declarative or imperative—envelopes a raw emotional and poetic intensity. Take an excerpt from a poem we feature today, "Sorry It's So Small":