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By Diane Seuss

"Diane Seuss writes with the depth of a soothsayer." —Laura Kasischke

For, having imagined your physique a technique i discovered it to be differently, it was once yielding,
yet simply because the Destroying Angel mushroom yields, its softness allied
with its poison, and your legs weren't petals or tendrils as I'd believed,
yet brazen, the deviant tentacles underneath the underskirt of a mystery queen
—from "Oh four-legged lady, it's both you or the ossuary"

In Diane Seuss's Four-Legged Girl, her audacious, hothouse language swerves into ache and rapture, as she recounts a existence lived on the edges of containment. Ghostly, attractive, and plaintive, those poems pass to the music of a leap rope, fill a wishing good with wish and different trinkets, they usually have in mind prior lush lives in long island urban, in rural Michigan, and in love. within the ultimate poem, she sings of the four-legged lady, the physique made unusual to itself and to others. This assortment establishes Seuss's poetic voice, as wealthy and emotional as any in modern poetry.

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I heard him muttering execrations, then a whispering sound as he swung some weapon. " "Somebody ran into me. " I lay still. " Her voice was like a dove's call, but there was urgency in it. " "They will be soon in any case—Vodalus fired. " In an accent I was too inexperienced to recognize as an exultant's, the man who had spoken first said, "I wish I hadn't brought it. " He was much nearer now, and in a moment I could see him through the fog, very tall, slender, and hatless, standing near the heavier man I had run into.

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