Dim Sputtering Bursts

The first of a handful of poets who will be contributing work to the Twin Peaks Project, Olivia Aylmer is a recent Twin Peaks devotee, having only finished the series for the first time last month. Her poem is called Lament for Laura Palmer, and as I read it I realized how unexpected I found it to begin in elegy. By the end of the show we feel close to this mysterious character, Laura Palmer, despite having only known her, to quote Aylmer, in “dim sputtering bursts.” In truth, I think viewers rather quickly learn to take Laura for granted and forget about, save obliquely, the tragedy that sets into motion all the bizarre action in the show. I encourage you to remember Laura for yourself, and let this poem jog your memory.