Swoop: Poems

Swoop: Poems

by Hailey Leithauser


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Winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation

O ludicrous swoon, O blind hind-sight,

O torching of bridges and blood boiled white,

O sparrow, and arrow, and hell below,

O, she says, because she loves to say O.

—from "O, She Says"

Swoop is a sonically audacious first book, a ringing up and down the musical scales. Hailey Leithauser's resplendent array of forms—from traditional verse to more fragmented, onrushing experiments—takes the reader to the heights of lyricism. In these poems, sharp objects speak for themselves, sex is taken up alfresco (among other things), an enigmatic question is posed from To Have and Have Not, and the song of a mockingbird drives us out of bed. A paean to excess, Swoop is a virtuosic and exhilarating debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976576
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Hailey Leithauser's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and Poetry, and she has received numerous awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Prize. She lives in the Maryland suburbs near Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Scythe 3

Was You Ever Bit by a Dead Bee? 5

Schadenfreude 6

Sex Alfresco 8

Extreme Season 9

Jiminy 13

Shoot-Out at the So-So Corral 14

Charm against Insomnia 16

Rapture 17

Guillotine 18

Sex Fiasco 20

From the Grandiloquent Dictionary 21

Inspiration 22

O, She Says 23

Paean: Moon 24

We Few Born beneath a Bitter Star 25

Romance 26

Sex Circumspect 28

In Praise of Flattery 29

I Love Me, Vol. I 30

I Recant, Vol. II 31

Bad Sheep 32

Crowbar 34

Sex Obstreperous 36

Apologia 37

From the Grandiloquent Dictionary 38

Veritas Interruptus 39

Memoirs 40

O Sorrow, O Bother 42

Loneliness 43

Mono No Aware 44

Mockingbird 46

Sex Odalisque 48

Sex Rubenesque 49

From the Grandiloquent Dictionary 50

Whither the Lamplight, 51

The Old Woman Gets Drunk with the Moon 52

Boys of L.A. 53

The Voluminous Diva 54

Having Discovered a Windfall by the Side of the Road, the Cautious Miser Is Visited by the Angel of Profligacy 55

The Roshi in the Mirror 56

Pip, Mid-Sea 58

Rescue 59

Brass Knuckles 60

From the Grandiloquent Dictionary 62

Zen Heaven 63

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