“It is your very self” I tell him. He has never seen me. His quick coin of breath disappears on the glass as it forms: air that feeds his bones their portion willingly as it feeds mine. He spends his here, besieged by the dull birds who gather and whom he cannot touch, his own feathers red as wrought
Leah Naomi Green
Leah Naomi Green grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine.
Her first full-length poetry collection, The More Extravagant Feast, was selected by Li-Young Lee as the winner of the 2019 Walt Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets, and will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2020.
About The More Extravagant Feast, Lee writes,
“This book keeps faithful company with the world and earns its name. The darkness and suffering of living on earth are assumed in this work, woven throughout the fabric of its lineated perceptions and insights, and yet it is ultimately informed by the deep logic of compassion (is there a deeper human logic?) and enacts the wisdom of desire and fecundity reconciled with knowledge of death and boundedness. These poems remind us that when language is used to mediate between a soul’s inner contents and the outer world’s over-abundance of being and competing meanings, it’s possible to both transcend the nihilism of word games, thereby discovering a more meaningful destiny for language, as well as reveal the body of splendor which is Existence.”
Her chapbook, The Ones We Have, received the 2012 Flying Trout Chapbook prize. She is associate editor of Shenandoah, and teaches English and Environmental Studies at Washington and Lee University. Green lives in the Shenandoah Mountains with her husband and their daughters.