Four-Legged Girl: Poems (Paperback)

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

"Diane Seuss writes with the intensity of a soothsayer." --Laura Kasischke

For, having imagined your body one way I found it to be another way, it was yielding,
but only as the Destroying Angel mushroom yields, its softness allied
with its poison, and your legs were not petals or tendrils as I'd believed,
but brazen, the deviant tentacles beneath the underskirt of a secret queen
--from "Oh four-legged girl, it's either you or the ossuary"

In Diane Seuss's Four-Legged Girl, her audacious, hothouse language swerves into pain and rapture, as she recounts a life lived at the edges of containment. Ghostly, sexy, and plaintive, these poems skip to the tune of a jump rope, fill a wishing well with desire and other trinkets, and they remember past lush lives in New York City, in rural Michigan, and in love. In the final poem, she sings of the four-legged girl, the body made strange to itself and to others. This collection establishes Seuss's poetic voice, as rich and emotional as any in contemporary poetry.

About the Author


Diane Seuss is the author of two previous poetry collections, It Blows You Hollow and Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, The Georgia Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a writer in residence at Kalamazoo College and lives in Michigan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781555977221
ISBN-10: 1555977227
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 88
Language: English