By Diane Seuss
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
"Diane Seuss writes with the depth of a soothsayer." ―Laura Kasischke
For, having imagined your physique a method i discovered it to be otherwise, it used to be yielding,
but merely because the Destroying Angel mushroom yields, its softness allied
with its poison, and your legs weren't petals or tendrils as i would believed,
but brazen, the deviant tentacles underneath the underskirt of a mystery queen
―from "Oh four-legged woman, it really is both you or the ossuary"
In Diane Seuss's Four-Legged Girl, her audacious, hothouse language swerves into discomfort and rapture, as she recounts a lifestyles lived on the edges of containment. Ghostly, attractive, and plaintive, those poems pass to the song of a leap rope, fill a wishing good with wish and different trinkets, and so they have in mind earlier lush lives in long island urban, in rural Michigan, and in love. within the ultimate poem, she sings of the four-legged woman, 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.