Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows

by Eugenia Leigh


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“Everyone warns us off the rocks. / But what will keep us from the river?” Leigh asks in her debut collection, which pieces together a kind of mythology in which the surreal and celestial coexist with the realities of childhood abuse as an adult speaker grapples with its lasting emotional trauma. Rooted in a place of deep faith and bottomless compassion, Leigh’s speaker struggles to remember, and to remind us all, “that to worship is to survive is to be / wholly human.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935536499
Publisher: Four Way Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Stahlecker Selections Series
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

EUGENIA LEIGH is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, Rattle, and The Asian American Literary Review. She serves as Poetry Editor of Kartika Review and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

I Blood

The Morning I Abandoned My Father, Angels 3

The Deposition 4

Recognizing Lightning 6

Pretty Universe 8

The Unraveling 9

Half Glance 11

On the Anniversary of the War on Terror 12

Monsters 13

The Jar Party 15

II Blood

Genesis 19

Wire Hangers 20

Not a Warning, Not a Challenge, Not an Instruction Manual 22

Contrition with Liquor 23

Deciding Not to Drown Today 24

The Untold Version 25

Sex and Horseradish 26

Departure 27

The Burning Ones 28

Portraits of Holy 29

Aftertaste 31

III Blood

6,883 Miles from New York, My Father Is Alive 35

Upon Living with a Man Newly Released 36

Impossible Questions 38

This Malfunctioning Wing 39

The Exchange 41

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows 42

Mother Asks Whether I Have Ever Wanted to Kill Myself 45

Every Hair on Your Head 46

Angel Hunting 48

Sustenance 50

What Creatures Remain 51

Selah 53

IV Sparrows

Between Heaven and the Bedroom 57

Sex Education 59

Can These Bones Live? 60

Resolution 62

Destination: Beautiful 63

Psalm 107 65

We Called It the Year of Birthing 66

Testament 67

Happy Couple 69


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Thomas Lux

"This book went through me like a blue lightning strike. Part lyric, part narrative, and always alive, unflinchingly alive. A wonderful book and an even more astonishing debut!"

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