Cobblestones

Evenly unadorned
and fungible as nuns
so that, rain,
wind, sleet and dust-
worn down to smooth,
innocuous loaves,
there can be found
defined
in the vigilant
anonymity confronting
each trussed foot –
infant, dowager,
revenant, elegant
drunkard and swain –
a beauty in turn
complement,
unshivering,
virtuous and brute.

Hailey Leithauser

Hailey Leithauser

Hailey Leithauser's debut collection, Swoop, won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award and was published by Graywolf in 2013. She has recent or upcoming work in 32 Poems, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review and The Yale Review.
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Hailey Leithauser's debut collection, Swoop, won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award and was published by Graywolf in 2013. She has recent or upcoming work in 32 Poems, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review and The Yale Review.