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By Hailey Leithauser b. 1954 Hailey Leithauser
Philosophic
in its complex, ovoid emptiness,
a skillful pundit coined it as a sort
       of stopgap doorstop for those
                     quaint equations

                     Romans never
dreamt of. In form completely clever
and discrete—a mirror come unsilvered,
       loose watch face without the works,
                     a hollowed globe

                     from tip to toe
unbroken, it evades the grappling
hooks of mass, tilts the thin rim of no thing,
      remains embryonic sum,
                   non-cogito.

Source: Poetry (January 2003).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2003
 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 Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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