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The More Extravagant Feast

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Leah Naomi Green
The More Extravagant Feast focuses on the trophic exchanges of a human body with the world via pregnancy, motherhood, and interconnection—the acts of making and sustaining other bodies from one’s own, and one’s own from the larger world. Leah Naomi Green writes from attentiveness to the vast availability and capacity of the weedy, fecund earth and from her own human place within more-than-human life, death, and birth. Lyrically and spiritually rich, striving toward honesty and understanding, The More Extravagant Feast is an extraordinary book of awareness of our dependency on ecological systems—seen and unseen.
When I come back in, she asks me to draw a picture
of her father on the hill. I pick her up—the miracle
of her lungs that grew inside me,
kept long dark—her working heart
let out into the rounder world,
the more extravagant feast.
—from “The More Extravagant Feast”

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Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Li-Young Lee

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Leah Naomi Green
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Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast, which was selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Green is also the recipient of the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She teaches English and Environmental Studies at Washington and Lee University and lives in the mountains of Virginia where she, her partner, and their daughters homestead and grow food. Her chapbook, The Ones We Have, received the 2012 Flying Trout Chapbook prize. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Pleiades and Shenandoah.
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  • “[The More Extravagant Feast] keeps faithful company with the world and earns its name. The darkness and suffering of living on earth are assumed . . . and yet, it is ultimately informed by the deep logic of compassion (is there a deeper human logic?).”—Li-Young Lee
  • “In her tender, delicate, humane lyrics, Green registers the pulse of our species: the rituals of marriage, parenthood. The lyric herein is the air moving through our mortal lungs. . . . This is a book that consoles, nurtures the spirit.”—Ilya Kaminsky
  • “Leah Naomi Green’s beautiful book, her patient and generous book, The More Extravagant Feast, studies, beholds the ways everything, everything, turns around something else—the mother around the fetus, the child around the mother, the beloving around the beloved, the fruit around the seed, the hunter around the buck. And in this beholding these poems remind how the turning around so often becomes, or allows, the turning into. Another word for this witnessing? Gratitude.”—Ross Gay
  • “What a feast! What a wonder! The whole measure of life is in these pages. I gobbled this book up and then started it again, so I could savor it further.”—Camille T. Dungy
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