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Uproar: Antiphonies to Psalms

          So will I compass thine altar, O Lord:             that I may publish with the voice of                    thanksgiving.                     Psalm 26

Thine altar is tome this bathtub
where my four-year-old twin
girls tip back their heads.
They close their eyes.
I read their faces from above,
in trust and fear, in holiness,
heads tipped until the waterline
has touched their hairlines, cautious.
Look: their hair flows underwater
like the scrolls unfurled in heaven.

Brooks Haxton superbly renders the pith of his Greek and Hebrew originals. He also has a poetic voice very much his own: laconic yet intense, skeptical yet devout, rich in plangency and in praise.
— Harold Bloom
For many years I have admired the skill, the wild heart, and the integrity of imagination and intelligence in Brooks Haxton’s poems. Uproar advances all of the above; these poems will find you where you live.
— Thomas Lux