Today's poem is "Elope!"
from Parable of Hide and Seek

Alice James Books

Chad Sweeney is the author of two previous books of poetry, Arranging the Blaze (Anhinga) and An Architecture (BlazeVox), and five chapbooks, most recently The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (Forklift)—and he is cotranslator, from the Farsi, of The Art of Stepping Through Time: Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh (White Pine, forthcoming). Sweeney’s poems have appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry 2008 and Verse Daily. He is coeditor of Parthenon West Review and editor of the City Lights anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds. A PhD candidate at Western Michigan University, Chad teaches poetry in Kalamazoo and lives with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney.

Other poems by Chad Sweeney in Verse Daily:
September 29, 2009:   "Bear" "Monday on the way to work..."

Books by Chad Sweeney:

Other poems on the web by Chad Sweeney:
Three poems
from An Architecture
Two poems
Three poems
"The Dome"
"New Mexico"

Chad Sweeney's website.

Chad Sweeney according to Wikipedia.

About Parable of Hide and Seek:

"The poems in Chad Sweeney's new book view the world through strangely faceted eyes (perhaps those of a dragonfly?) — actually they behold it, and as such they display a dazzling Rumiesque ecstasy, one that holds the reader as rapt as the creator of these poems is held by Creation. At any rate he is a shaman presiding over—of all things—the wedding of simplicity and sophistication."
—Mary Ruefle

"Chad Sweeney’s poems are matryoshka dolls of imagination: strangeness inside longing inside charm. Relentlessly figurative, they read as dreamscapes and translations: if the human soul has peripheral vision, these poems are what it sees. And gentleness, gentleness abounds here and makes the point of fancy to unite, to bring one thing beside another and build a home of their touch."
—Bob Hicok

"What to reveal and what to keep hidden? Parable of Hide and Seek dis/solves the problem by complicating it, deliberately revealing the best of our secrets and hiding all that’s obvious in both gravity and lightness. These poems turn the world inside out. Full-throttle forest! Astronaut winging! Whose shadow is that with a heartbeat so crushing? Ready or not, Chad Sweeney!"
—Matt Hart

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