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Baton Rouge Poet Explores Father-Daughter Relationship in New LSU Press Collection

Ava Leavell Haymon’s “Eldest Daughter” available in August

07/19/2013 10:19 AM

BATON ROUGE – In “Eldest Daughter,” Ava Leavell Haymon displays her mastery of the craft and engages readers with the poetic gifts we have come to expect from her. As in previous collections, she combines the sensory and the spiritual in wild verbal fireworks. Concrete descriptions of a woman’s life in the mid-twentieth-century American South mix with wider concerns about family lies and truths, and culture that supports or forbids clear speech.

Haymon’s poems encourage readers to revel in the natural world and enjoy its delights, as well as to confront the difficult realities that would keep us from doing so. “Eldest Daughter” will be available in August from LSU Press.

Haymon is the author of the poetry collections “Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread,” “Kitchen Heat” and “The Strict Economy of Fire.” She teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge, and directs a writers’ retreat center in the mountains of New Mexico. She was recently named Louisiana Poet Laureate

For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at 225-578-8282 or or visit

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