Exuberant May

Adventurous Exuberance: May Swenson

Body my house
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen

-from “Question”

The author of numerous volumes of poetry, May Swenson has long been admired for her adventurous word play and erotic exuberance. “The best poetry has its roots in the subconscious to a great degree,” she wrote just months before her death in 1989. “Youth, naivety, reliance on instinct more than learning and method, a sense of freedom and play, even trust in randomness, is necessary to the making of a poem.” Read a selection of her poems, listen to a recording, and learn more about Swenson on Poets.org.

On the web at: www.poets.org/mswen

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