Today's poem is "Cuckoo"
from Embryos & Idiots

Tupelo Press

Larissa Szporluk was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her BA from the University of Michigan. She studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received an MA in Literature at the University of California Berkeley, and an MFA from the University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoyns fellow. She began her full-time teaching career at Bowling Green State University in 2000 and has since become an associate professor of Creative Writing and Literature. In 2005, she was a visiting professor at Cornell University. She is the author of three previous books of poetry: Dark Sky Question, winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize (Beacon Pres 1998), Isolato, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize (Univ of Iowa, 2000), and The Wind, Master Cherry, The Wind (Alice James Books, 2003). Her work is included in Best American Poetry 1991 and 2001, New American Voices, and numerous other anthologies. In 2003, she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to work on Embryos and Idiots.

All the poems by Larissa Szporluk that have appeared on Verse Daily:
May 15, 2007:   "Gargoyle" " A hunter's sickness..."
October 24, 2006:   "Windmill" " I can't cry so I..."
February 1, 2006:   "Judges" " There is nothing beautiful about us...."
September 24, 2005:   "Cuckoo" " I nudge the eggs..."
September 14, 2005:   "Loosely Related Sheep" " Jump, uncle, jump...."
March 27, 2003:  "Matsukaze" "All that is built falls at night..."

Books by Larissa Szporluk: Embryos and Idiots, Isolato, The Wind, Master Cherry, The Wind, Dark Sky Question

Other poems on the web by Larissa Szporluk:
Five poems

About Embryos & Idiots:

"In a world at war over fossilized myths, nothing is more urgent than that our myths be rewritten. Larissa Szporluk’s Embryos and Idiots revitalizes the myth of the fall, fulfilling the lineage of Genesis and Paradise Lost. Her Anoton continues the contemporary lyric legacy of Ted Hughes’s Crow, her gardens of Od that of Louise Glück’s The Wild Iris. More personal than poems that proclaim themselves so, Szporluk’s mythic lyrics also make themselves more public than most poems manage, calling down 'Shame on the zealous / and jealous. Shame on the half-fish god / who dined on himself and survived.'"
—H. L. Hix

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