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Song of Songs

A Poem

Sylvie Baumgartel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374268037
ISBN13: 9780374268039


80 Pages



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Sometimes I like to feel sexy. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like to be very plain. Invisible almost, hiding in plain sight. I want to hide and to be found.

In the spirit of the biblical Song of Solomon, Sylvie Baumgartel’s Song of Songs takes the subjects of love and worship, and brings them to the desperate, wild spaces of domestic life. With a voice at once precise and oneiric, Baumgartel explores the landscapes of sex and desire, power and submission, in this groundbreaking book-length poem that forces us to question the bounds of devotion. An ambitious and vivid debut, Song of Songs is a work of breathtaking honesty, couched in language few of us are brave enough to speak aloud.


Praise for Song of Songs

"The conventional power dynamics of heterosexual love appear in grotesque extremity (“I want to live forever chained at your feet”), but Sylvie’s wit and charm make them more farcical than troubling. The result is a study of devotion and a celebration of the rewards that come from loving with abandon."The New Yorker

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About the author

Sylvie Baumgartel

Sylvie Baumgartel lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Subtropics, Raritan, Harvard Review, and The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from “The Paris Review”.

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