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The More Extravagant Feast

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

About the Author

Leah Naomi Green
Credit: Ben Eland
Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and The Ones We Have, winner of the Flying Trout Press Chapbook Prize. She teaches English and environmental studies at Washington and Lee University. Green and her family homestead and grow food in the mountains of Virginia.
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  • “The action in these poems—washing plates, lighting fires in the woodstove, cutting meat—is written with affection and sensuality that transforms what could be quotidian into something hallowed.”The Bitter Southerner
  • "Leah Naomi Green generously invites us into relationship: relationship with the greater-than-human-world, with one another, and with the written word. And it is in these relationships that Green challenges us to feel more deeply."—Puerto del Sol 
  • “There is a very Zen sensibility to Green’s work, something that is reflected in both her subject matter and her style . . . [the poems’] leanness belies an astonishing depth and understanding.”The Colorado Review
  • “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
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