Stone Gullets

By May Swenson 1913–1989 May Swenson
Stone gullets among       Inrush       Feed         Backsuck and
The borders swallow            Outburst             Huge engorgements       Swallow
In gulps the sea      Tide crams jagged         Smacks snorts chuckups       Follow
       In urgent thirst      Jaws the hollow      Insurge       Hollow
Gushing evacuations follow       Jetty it must       Outpush       Greed

May Swenson, “Stone Gullets” from Nature: Poems Old and New. Copyright © 1994 by May Swenson. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Source: Nature: Poems Old and New (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994)

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Poet May Swenson 1913–1989

Subjects Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

 May  Swenson


During her prolific career, May Swenson received numerous literary awards and nominations for her poetry. Often experimental in both form and appearance, her poems earned her widespread critical acclaim. As Priscilla Long commented in the Women's Review of Books, "Swenson was a visionary poet, a prodigious observer of the fragile and miraculous natural world."

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SUBJECT Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

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