Today's poem is "Swan Aubade"
from Sylph

Pleiades Press

Abigail Cloud has published poems in Black Warrior Review, The Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, The Gettysburg Review, and Quarterly West. Cloud is on the faculty at Bowling Green State University, where she is editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review.

Books by Abigail Cloud:

Other poems on the web by Abigail Cloud:
"The Everyday Demon Experiences Burn-Out"
"Choked Peppermint Demon"

About Sylph:

"The inner lives of demons, the demonic forces of opera and ballet, a soupçon here and there of fairytale, of Moulin Rouge and Belle Epoque: Sylph offers up a vivid mélange of sonic and imagistic riches, where ‘silver spoons / in drawers arrange to rattle,’ where everything might ‘turn the air, its clotted hush, to cream.’ I love the imagination at play in these poems, so gothic, so baroque: one that invites ‘a hiss of white to slice a dream open,’ where ‘the baby / builds its own hot cave.’"
—Dava Levin

"Abigail Cloud’s beautiful debut presents us with an enchanting intersection of myth and mortality. These poems give us a bright ballet of demons and compelling universal truths ‘. . . clattering over the grass like egg shells.’ Sylph is a book stunningly alive with tonal complexities perfectly suited for an expansive look both into and beyond the most honest, messiest versions of ourselves. In Cloud’s sure hands, these poems incite and electrify—even (and especially) when the speaker demands that we never settle, but instead, ‘burn the pillow for a pleasant smoke.’"
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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