Eleanor Swanson

Eleanor Swanson

“The Truth is often paradoxical.” —Lao Tsu

From “Sweet Summer Night

The tattered wings
of an Io moth brush
the petals of a purple zinnia.

Wind stirs the delicate antennae,
while its many faceted eyes
regard the world for a last time.


    —Eleanor Swanson

Etymologies, French curses, phonemes,
syllables, metrical feet, music. Drumming.
“Stay inside the beat,” said Charlie Parker.
Harder than you might think. Running,
hiking, teaching, and, of course, writing.

Photo of Eleanor Swanson

“What Eleanor Swanson
does is to take us by her
sure poetic hand and
lead us into feeling.”

—Roald Hoffman