Albino

By Hailey Leithauser b. 1954 Hailey Leithauser
A lot more of than thought, unsought, come out white.
Lemurs of Madagascar, and leopards sans spots.

Brilliant, I think, to spurn pigment and burn
in December light, a December filament.

No one would know if there’s snow in your hair,
or whether or not, when they knock, you are there.

Source: Poetry (May 2014).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2014
 Hailey  Leithauser

Biography

Poet Hailey Leithauser was born in Baltimore and raised in Maryland and Central Florida.  Over the years Leithauser has worked as a salad chef, real estate office manager, gourmet food salesperson, freelance copy editor, phone surveyor, bookstore clerk, fact checker, and, most recently, senior reference librarian at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
 
Returning to writing after a break of several decades, her work . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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