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The More Extravagant Feast

The More Extravagant Feast

by Leah Naomi Green


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* One of the Boston Globe's Best Books of 2020 *

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Li-Young Lee

The More Extravagant Feast focuses on the trophic exchanges of a human body with the world via pregnancy, motherhood, and interconnection—the acts of making and sustaining other bodies from one’s own, and one’s own from the larger world. Leah Naomi Green writes from attentiveness to the vast availability and capacity of the weedy, fecund earth and from her own human place within more-than-human life, death, and birth. Lyrically and spiritually rich, striving toward honesty and understanding, The More Extravagant Feast is an extraordinary book of awareness of our dependency on ecological systems—seen and unseen.

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ISBN-13: 9781644450185
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 366,920
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Leah Naomi Green is the author of The Ones We Have, winner of the Flying Trout Press Chapbook Prize. She teaches English and environmental studies at Washington and Lee University and lives in an ecological intentional community in Virginia.

Table of Contents

I Seed and Fugue

Field Guide to the Chaparral 5

Venison 7

C-Section 8

Seed and Fugue 10

Week Five: Measure 11

Week Twelve: Taproot 13

Relativity 15

Week Thirty-Eight: Mitosis 17

In Cleaning 19

Arrival 20

II River and Fugue

Narration, Transubstantiation 25

Night Weaning 27

To the Cardinal, Attacking His Reflection in the Window 29

River and Fugue 31

Camera Obscura 33

Narrative 34

III And I You

Week Ten: Plum 37

The World Tips Back 40

Week Twenty: Indulgences 42

The Death of My Mother's Father 44

Yahrzeit 45

Kaddish 46

Hashem 47

IV The More Extravagant Feast

Almanac 51

Week Thirty-Four: Atomic 52

Helping 54

Furniture 55

Waking Up the Bell 56

Carrot 57

Table 58

Engagement 59

Notes 65

Acknowledgments 67

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