Ecstasy’s Prosody: The “suasive turnings” of Stephen Cushman’s Hothead

Hothead
by Stephen Cushman
(LSU Press, 2018, $19.95, 88pp.)

. . . [anxiety] thins the rhythms, rushing into longish gaits, more
distance in less material time: it hates clots, its stump-fires

level fields: patience and calm define borders and boundaries,
hedgerows, and sharp whirls: anxiety burns instrumentation

matterless, assimilates music into motion, sketches the high
suasive turnings, mild natures tangled still in knotted clumps.

from “Anxiety’s Prosody” by A. R. Ammons