Wan oxymoron of a fish, dotted dun and fledge winged, mud-feathered when it glides through silt, by nature bottom fed. Whoever named it named himself a man of undisputed Christian eye, who saw in mortal depths a guardian and humblest trumpeter. God tongue to cry, it haunts an
Hailey Leithauser is the author of Swoop (Graywolf Press, 2013), winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Discovery/The Nation Prize, an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the 2015 Towson Prize for Literature. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.