Pied Booty

By Dabney Stuart b. 1937 Dabney Stuart
Glory be to God for sexy things—   
   For cries of coupled lovers as they bind and bow;
       For moles that on her hip’ll make his dolphin swim,
Fresh and fired up; nutty balls; G-strings;
   Lovescapes pulsing and flesh-shoaled—furrow and plow;
      And all shapes, their leer and freckle and whim.

All people dumpy, bald, regressive, strange;
   Whoever is fickle, faithful (who knows how?)
   With slick, abrasive; sweet, sour; disheveled, trim;
Who father-forth and mother-forth all change—   
                     Praise Him.

Dabney Stuart, “Pied Booty,” from Poetry (July/August 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Dabney Stuart.

Source: Poetry (July 2005).


This poem originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

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July 2005
 Dabney  Stuart


Poet Dabney Stuart was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He earned degrees from Davidson College and Harvard University, and taught for many years at Washington and Lee University. Stuart is frequently described as one of the best and most consistent poets of his generation. Though his work has grown stylistically from formal verse to associative non-metrical free verse, his themes and subject matter have remained . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Nature, Humor & Satire, Poetry & Poets, The Body, Love, Religion, Relationships, God & the Divine, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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