The American Journal of Poetry
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Larissa Szporluk

Swiftest Horse

In the proverb,
what if you leave?

You will cover the hills
with your hair

if you leave,
cover the sea.

You will bathe with the balls
in the sea

if you leave, and the child?
You will cover the child.

If your hair—
if the balls fall away—

if the child
can’t breathe,

you will cover the child
until there wasn’t a child.

Faster than silence.
That’s how you leave.




LARISSA SZPORLUK  was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned degrees at the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns fellow. Her books of poetry include Dark Sky Question (1998), which won the Barnard Poetry Prize; Isolato (2000), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind(2003); Embryos and Idiots (2007); and Traffic with Macbeth (2011). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently teaches at Bowling Green State University.



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