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Kizer, Carolyn    Poet's Biography
132 poems available by this author


A LONG LINE OF DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, picked for jury duty, managed to get through
Last Line: She knows him indispensable. Like voltaire.
Subject(s): Dentists; Guilt; Mothers; Trials; Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet De; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


A MONTH IN SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Several years ago, I wrote haiku in this way
Last Line: "is that what is meant by dwelling in unreality? And here too I end my words."
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Family Life; Japan; Love Affairs; Poetry & Poets; Solitude; Summer; Women; Women's Rights; Relatives; Japanese; Loneliness; Feminism


A MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby was wakened from her afternoon nap today by a fierce
Last Line: I wrote the poems for her. I still do.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Discontent; Mothers & Daughters; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Inspiration; Creativity; Dissatisfaction; Feminism


A MUSE OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: We who must act as handmaidens
Last Line: Is water deep enough to drown.
Subject(s): Literary Form; Lowell, Robert (1917-1977); Man-woman Relationships; Muses; Sea; Water; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Ocean; Feminism


A POET'S HOUSEHOLD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The stout poet tiptoes
Last Line: Is chanting words to himself.
Subject(s): Family Life; Poetry & Poets; Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963); Women; Women's Rights; Relatives; Feminism


A SONG FOR MURIEL    Poem Text    
First Line: No one explains me because
Last Line: To see how they get it wrong.
Subject(s): Death; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Dead, The; Feminism


A WIDOW IN WINTERTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night a baby gargled in the throes
Last Line: Or waken in a caterwaul of dying.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Self-consciousness; Widows & Widowers; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTER BASHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Tentatively, you
Last Line: Pallid, famous moon.
Subject(s): Moon; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTER BAUDELAIRE       
First Line: Sometimes I am bored in america
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTERNOON HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: At a party I spy a handsome psychiatrist
Last Line: There is only this useless happiness as gift.
Subject(s): Happiness; Love; Poetry & Poets; Psychiatry; Women; Women's Rights; Joy; Delight; Psychiatrists; Feminism


AFTERTHOUGHTS OF DONNA ELVIRA    Poem Text    
First Line: You, after all, were good
Last Line: Or else we have never been born.
Subject(s): Love; Praise; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AMUSING OUR DAUGHTERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We don't lack people here on the northern coast
Last Line: Sending our messages over the mountains and waters.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Creeley, Robert (B. 1926); Daughters; Death; Guests; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Visiting; Feminism


AN AMERICAN BEAUTY; FOR ANN LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: As you described your mastectomy in calm detail
Last Line: Your last wedding day.
Subject(s): Biography; Death; Friendship; Surgery; Women; Women's Rights; Biographers; Dead, The; Feminism


ANNIVERSARIES: CLAREMONT AVENUE, FROM 1945    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm sitting on a bench at one hundred and fifteenth
Last Line: No place to go.
Subject(s): Chinese Language; Death; Grief; Memory; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945); Teaching & Teachers; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Educators; Professors; Feminism


ANTIQUE FATHER       
First Line: There is something
Last Line: If you ever knew
Subject(s): Fathers; Fathers & Daughters; Secrets; Silence; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ARTHUR'S PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I came with some trepidation to your vernissage
Last Line: Fingered you young, as we played in our garage.
Subject(s): Children; Poetry & Poets; Success; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


BIRTHDAY POEM FOR A CHILDLESS MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the birthday of your death
Last Line: You make a birthday of my death.
Subject(s): Birth; Childlessness; Death; Women; Women's Rights; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The; Feminism


BITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, when he and I meet, after all these years
Last Line: "saying, ""good-bye! Good-bye! Nice to have seen you again."
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Ill-tempered; Language; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Words; Vocabulary; Feminism


BY THE RIVERSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I lived at a riverside
Last Line: Only to me. The numbers have not changed.
Subject(s): Native Americans; Telephone Directories; Women; Women's Rights; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Feminism


CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: What good are children anyhow?
Last Line: "the way they call him, ""baby."
Subject(s): Childlessness; Children; Cynicism; Discontent; Parents; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Dissatisfaction; Parenthood; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 1. THE WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am lot's pillar, caught in turning
Last Line: "god's chastisement and derision."
Subject(s): God; Gomorrah; Lot (Bible); Marriage; Punishment; Salt; Sodom; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 2. THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am god's pillar, caught in raising
Last Line: "I lift and I listen. I eat god's peace."
Subject(s): God; Mothers; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 3. THE LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am your pillar that has fallen
Last Line: And ache, and ache for that lost limb forever.
Subject(s): Rape; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


COMPLEX AUTUMNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I let the smoke out of the windows
Last Line: With the sound of the fall in the air.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Women; Women's Rights; Fall; Feminism


CRIME AND PUNISHMENT       
First Line: Fleaneck, n.J.: the convicted felon, henry pflug, was drawn and
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Punishment; Women; Women's Rights; Movies; Cinema; Feminism


CULTURAL EVOLUTION; AFTER POPE    Poem Text    
First Line: When from his cave, young mao in his youthful mind
Last Line: Marx and confucius turned out much the same.
Subject(s): China; Communism; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


CUPID AND VENUS    Poem Text    
First Line: From bar to bar, from curb to curb I run
Last Line: As the kid, her blind pimp, eggs me on.
Subject(s): Cupid; Love; Mythology - Classical; Venus (Goddess); Women; Women's Rights; Eros; Feminism


DANGEROUS GAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: I fly a black kite on a long string
Last Line: Trembling on an aphid-riddled leaf.
Subject(s): Games; Kites; Women; Women's Rights; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


DAYS OF 1986    Poem Text    
First Line: He was believed by his peers to be an important poet
Last Line: And rejoice at the inner voice, so lofty and pure.
Subject(s): Death; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


DIXIT INSIPIENS    Poem Text    
First Line: At first, it was only a trickle
Last Line: If only disbelief was more like faith.
Subject(s): Atheism; Religion; Science; Spirituality; Women; Women's Rights; Theology; Scientists; Feminism


DREAM OF A LARGE LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: The large lady laboriously climbs
Last Line: Painted by the sun against the sky.
Subject(s): Guns; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ELECTION DAY, 1984    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you ever see someone coldcock a blind nun?
Last Line: If evil could be safer, on the whole.
Subject(s): Elections; Evil; Ignorance; Politics & Government; Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911-2004)); Women; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Dullness; Stupdity; Feminism


ELEUTHERIA    Poem Text    
First Line: She was named eleutheria
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Fathers & Sons; Freedom; Marriage; Relationships; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Child Abuse; Liberty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


EPITHALAMION    Poem Text    
First Line: You left me gasping on the shore
Last Line: A milky flank, a drowned, reviving face.
Subject(s): Marriage; Mermaids & Mermen; Sea; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Ocean; Feminism


EXODUS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are coming down the pike
Last Line: As you come down the pike?
Subject(s): Hiking; Walking; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FEARFUL WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Arms and the girl I sing -- o rare
Last Line: It's not from you we learned to be magnanimous.
Subject(s): History; Women; Women's Rights; Historians; Feminism


FIN-DE-SIECLE BLUES       
First Line: At seventeen I'm told to write a paper
Last Line: Seize the day.
Subject(s): Morality; Philosophy & Philosophers; Poetry & Poets; Politics & Government; Tyranny & Tyrants; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Ethics; Dictators; Feminism


FINAL MEETING; FOR JAMES WRIGHT       
First Line: Old friend, I dressed in my very best
Last Line: Banked in the gutters with old snow.
Subject(s): Death; Farewell; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Wright, James (1927-1980); Dead, The; Parting; Feminism


FOOD OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to murder you with love
Last Line: And you'll begin to die again.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Gluttony; Love; Men; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR JAN AS THE END DRAWS NEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We never believed in safety
Last Line: The present is this poem, o my dear.
Subject(s): Aging; California; Friendship; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR JAN, IN BAR MARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Though it's true we were young girls when we met
Last Line: They call us janna and carolina, those two mad straniere.
Subject(s): Aging; Chinese Literature; Friendship; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was lingering summer
Last Line: I thank your star, and you.
Subject(s): Birth; Mothers & Daughters; Pregnancy; Women; Women's Rights; Child Birth; Midwifery; Feminism


FOR SAPPHO / AFTER SAPPHO       
First Line: And you sang eloquently
Last Line: For this moment only
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Poetry & Poets; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Feminism


FROM AN ARTIST'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: A bundle of twigs
Last Line: On twenty sheets of paper.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Houses; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


GERDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Down the long curving walk you trudge to the street
Last Line: Gerda, come back, to nurse your desolate child.
Subject(s): Abandonment; Caregivers; Children; Household Employees; Women; Women's Rights; Desertion; Childhood; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


HALATION    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, you moved so rapidly through my life
Last Line: Scored by the years, focused last, and free.
Subject(s): Love; Memory; Paintings & Painters; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


HEART'S LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: I thrust my heart, in danger of decay
Last Line: Give me your heart to hold.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


HERA, HUNG FROM THE SKY       
First Line: I hang by my heels from the sky
Last Line: I dangle, drowned in fire.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Women's Rights; Convicts; Feminism


HIDING OUR LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never believe I leave you
Last Line: Hiding our aromatic, vulnerable love.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Love; Secrets; Women; Women's Rights; Wu, Emperor (140-87 B.c.); Feminism


HORSEBACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Never afraid of those huge creatures
Last Line: I just wanted to tell you about it, ray.
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988); Horseback Riding; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


HOW IT PASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tomorrow I'll begin to cook like mother
Last Line: It won't go away.
Subject(s): Aging; Creative Ability; Parents; Women; Women's Rights; Inspiration; Creativity; Parenthood; Feminism


HSUEH T'AO (768-831): WEAVING LOVE-KNOTS, 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Two hearts: two blades of grass I braid together
Last Line: My fingers plait the same grasses, over and over
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Love Absebce Of; Feminism


HSUEH T'AO (768-831): WEAVING LOVE-KNOTS,1    Poem Text    
First Line: Daily the wind-flowers age, and so do I
Last Line: My fingers plait the same grasses, over and over
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Aging; Feminism


IN HELL WITH VIRG AND DAN: CANTO 17    Poem Text    
First Line: Yo, dan, just give a look at this repulsive creature
Last Line: And, man, when it unloads, it's outta there, like gone.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Translating & Interpreting; Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Women; Women's Rights; Vergil; Feminism


IN THE FIRST STANZA    Poem Text    
First Line: First, I tell you who I am
Last Line: I tell you who I am.
Subject(s): Identity; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: There are spirit presences
Last Line: And sense the mist rising.
Subject(s): Death; Fear; Life; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


INDEX, A MOUNTAIN; PART OF THE CASCADE RANGE, WASHINGTON STATE       
First Line: Early one day a mountain uprose, all cased in silver
Last Line: Serve as god's tombstone. Have no green mercy on us.
Subject(s): Cascade Range; Fingers; Lumber & Lumbering; Travel; Washington (State); Women; Women's Rights; Woodsmen; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


INGATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: The poets are going home now
Last Line: The patient earth that is waiting to receive you.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Poetry & Poets; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); War; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


JILL'S TOES    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were born / on each pink foot
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LINES TO ACCOMPANY FLOWERS FOR EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The florist was told, cyclamen or azalea
Last Line: Though once we lay and waited for a death.
Subject(s): Cities; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Flowers; Hospitals; Women; Women's Rights; Urban Life; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Feminism


LINKED VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Read a thousand books!
Last Line: "who will need us when we die?"
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LOVE SONG; FOR RUTHVEN TODD    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, to fall easily, easily, easily in love
Last Line: And easily, love, easily to rest.
Subject(s): Love; Promiscuity; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LOVEMUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, freighted heart, within this port
Last Line: Will fructify a bleaker time.
Subject(s): Love; Seduction; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


MARRIAGE SONG; WITH COMMENTARY    Poem Text    
First Line: We begin with the osprey who cries, 'clang, clang!'
Last Line: "snow-breasted, and transfixed in abstract love."
Subject(s): Birds; China; Marriage; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


MEDICINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The practice of medicine / is not what it was
Last Line: You're going to live.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Medicine; Past; Women; Women's Rights; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Drugs, Prescription; Feminism


MEDICINE 2; FOR JOHN MURRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the nurses, interns, doctors came running full tilt down the hall
Last Line: But that was his job: to just stand there and watch her die.
Subject(s): Duty; Euthanasia; Hospitals; Physicians; Women; Women's Rights; Doctors; Feminism


MUD SOUP    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Had the ham bone, had the lentils
Last Line: Not like isle of innisfree.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Cookery; Feminism


MY GOOD FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pierone's inc. / riverside and post - spokane, washington 99201
Last Line: Carolyn
Subject(s): Biography; Fathers; Fathers & Daughters; Marriage; Virtue; Women; Women's Rights; Biographers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


NIGHT SOUNDS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The moonlight on my bed keeps me awake
Last Line: A child with the moon on his face, a dog's hollow cadence.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Love - Complaints; Night; Solitude; Women; Women's Rights; Bedtime; Loneliness; Feminism


NOT WRITING POEMS ABOUT CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I gave birth to living metaphors
Last Line: Springs from the very separateness of things.
Subject(s): Children; Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Loss; Metaphor; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Similes; Parenthood; Feminism


OCTOBER, 1973    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I dreamed I ran through the streets of new york
Last Line: Brother? Brother?
Subject(s): Chile; Dreams; Social Problems; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Women; Women's Rights; Nightmares; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM JULIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a number and my name is dumb
Last Line: Such a barbarian have I become!
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM SOPHOCLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you cruel, you find me less than fair
Last Line: Time, time, my friend, makes havoc everywhere.
Subject(s): Enemies; Sophocles (496-406 B.c.); Time; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM VALERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole green sky is dying. The last tree flares
Last Line: The gulf war
Variant Title(s): Gulf War
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991); Literary Form; Valery, Paul (1871-1945); War; Women; Women's Rights; Operation Desert Storm (1991); Feminism


ON RISING FROM THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Saturday noon: the morning of the mind
Last Line: With dionysus, singing from the cross!
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Morning; Religion; Resurrection, The; Waking; Women; Women's Rights; Theology; Feminism


ONE TO NOTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: The bibulous eagle behind me at the ball game:
Last Line: Shucks a'mighty. If you're an eagle, you just go.
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Eagles; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


PARENTS' PANTOUM; FOR MAXINE KUMIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Where did these enormous children come from
Last Line: We offspring of our enormous children.
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


PEARL    Poem Text    
First Line: Every thursday pearl arrived in her old model a
Last Line: I was your murdered child.
Subject(s): Household Employees; Mothers & Daughters; Women; Women's Rights; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


PERSEPHONE PAUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: The lengthened shadow of my hand
Last Line: But cast it. Summertime, good-night!
Subject(s): Desire; Hades; Persephone; Pomegranates; Women; Women's Rights; Proserpine; Proserpina; Feminism


PLAINT OF THE POET IN AN IGNORANT AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would I had a flower-boy!
Last Line: "the no-bird that sings in the no-name tree?"
Subject(s): Household Employees; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


POEM FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY; FOR BARBARA THOMPSON    Poem Text    
First Line: This year both our birthdays end in zero
Last Line: The password at the boundary is friend.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Friendship; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


POEM, SMALL AND DELIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: We have been picketing woolworth's
Last Line: Picketing woolworth's.
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand (1869-1948); India; Social Protest; Racism; Women; Women's Rights; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Feminism


POSTCARDS FROM ROTTERDAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Came such a long way
Last Line: Carolyn.
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Women; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: FOUR. FANNY    Poem Text    
First Line: At samoa, hardly unpacked, I commenced planting
Last Line: Never again succumb to the fever of planting.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Marriage; Mothers; Samoa; Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894); Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: From sappho to myself, consider the fate of women
Last Line: Flux, efflorescence -- whatever you care to call it!
Subject(s): Free Will & Determinism; History; Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Man-woman Relationships; Women; Women's Rights; Historians; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will speak about women of letters, for I'm in the racket
Last Line: And the luck of our husbands and lovers, who keep free women.
Subject(s): Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Progress; Women; Women Writers; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: I take as my theme 'the independent women'
Last Line: Springing, full-grown, from your own head, athena?
Subject(s): Independence; Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PROMISING AUTHOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving on the road to stinson beach
Last Line: Who wept for mercy as you died.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Driving & Drivers; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


RACE RELATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I sang in the sun
Last Line: Of the breakers of stone
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Race Awareness; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


READING YOUR POEMS IN YOUR HOUSE WHILE YOU ARE AWAY       
First Line: This morning my first roadrunner
Last Line: And give them back, like moonlight.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: For more than thirty years we hadn't met
Last Line: Grateful, my dear, that I escaped from you.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Reunions; Teaching & Teachers; Women; Women's Rights; Educators; Professors; Feminism


RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Most people from idaho are crazed rednecks
Last Line: Lives to curse your blessed plaster bleeding heart.
Subject(s): Christianity; Discontent; Idaho; Insanity; Montana; Washington (State); West (U.s.); Women; Women's Rights; Dissatisfaction; Madness; Mental Illness; Southwest; Pacific States; Feminism


SEASON OF LOVERS AND ASSASSINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Safe from the wild storms off cape hatteras
Last Line: The slow assassination of the years.
Subject(s): Assassination; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SECOND TIME AROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: You're entangled with someone more famous than you
Last Line: Comes tiptoeing into your study with a nice cup of coffee.
Subject(s): Comfort; Marriage; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


SEMELE RECYCLED    Poem Text    
First Line: After you left me forever
Last Line: Its birth and rebirth and decay.
Subject(s): Bodies; Reunions; Semele (Mythology); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SHALIMAR GARDENS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the garden of earth a square of water
Last Line: To die again, into the living stone.
Subject(s): Death; Gardens & Gardening; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


SINGING ALOUD       
First Line: We all have our faults. Mine is trying to write poems
Last Line: Or they'll lock us up like the apes, and control us forever.
Subject(s): Aging; Chinese Literature; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


STREETS OF PEARL AND GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Within, walls white as canvas stretched to stain
Last Line: As I try to keep us, here upon this page.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Netherlands; Poetry & Poets; San Francisco; Villages; Wharves; Women; Women's Rights; Holland; Dutch People; Piers; Feminism


SUMMER NEAR THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have carried my pillow to the windowsill
Last Line: It seems, for a moment, the river ceases flowing.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Fidelity; Love - Complaints; Women; Women's Rights; Faithfulness; Constancy; Feminism


SUPPRESSING THE EVIDENCE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Alaska oil spill, I edit you out
Last Line: I must hold in my mind one small dead otter pup.
Subject(s): Alaska; Escapes; Industrial Accidents; Petroleum; Women; Women's Rights; Fugitives; Oil; Feminism


THE APOSTATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I, hypocrite harry, that hamburg hand-kisser
Last Line: Bless the poet, heinrich, as he blesses you.
Subject(s): Christianity; Conversion; Hypocrisy; Jews; Surgery; Women; Women's Rights; Judaism; Feminism


THE ASHES; FOR WILLIAM GASS    Poem Text    
First Line: This elderly poet, unpublished for five decades
Last Line: Her name known to everyone, safe in her fame.
Subject(s): China - Red Guards; Honor; Loss; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE COPULATING GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Brushing back the curls from your famous brow
Last Line: They will concoct a scripture explaining this.
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Sex; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE DEATH OF A PUBLIC SERVANT; IN MEMORIAM, HERBERT NORMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a day when good men die from windows
Last Line: Take these to your shade: of rage, of grief, of love.
Subject(s): Defamation; Mccarthyism; Suicide; Women; Women's Rights; Slander; Libel; Feminism


THE GIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Gift of another day!
Last Line: Let us rest, hold, stay.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your body tolls the hour
Last Line: By one touch you put out time.
Subject(s): Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE GOOD AUTHOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Contrary to the views
Last Line: To any word you say.
Subject(s): Games; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


THE GREAT BLUE HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: As I wandered on the beach
Last Line: My mother would drift away.
Subject(s): Death; Herons; Mothers; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


THE INTRUDER    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother - preferring the strange to the tame
Last Line: She washed and washed the pity from her hands.
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Violence; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE ORATION; AFTER CAVAFY    Poem Text    
First Line: The boldest thing I ever did was to save a savior
Last Line: It was the speech of my life.
Subject(s): Life; Speech; Women; Women's Rights; Oratory; Orators; Feminism


THE PATIENT LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Love is an illness still to be
Last Line: That we are ill, of being well.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Sickness; Women; Women's Rights; Illness; Feminism


THE SILENT MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In your first book of poems, printed
Last Line: But you are silent.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Silence; Tragedy; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE SKEIN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Moonlight through my gauze curtains
Last Line: So I memorize these lines, without salutation, without close.
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Moon; Poetry & Poets; Window Treatments; Women; Women's Rights; Wu, Emperor (140-87 B.c.); Venetian Blinds; Curtains; Shades; Drapes; Feminism


THE SUBURBANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgetting sounds that we no longer hear
Last Line: Our limited salvation is the word.
Subject(s): Conformity; Poetry & Poets; Self-consciousness; Suburbs; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE UNGRATEFUL GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Midas watched the golden crust
Last Line: "nature is evil,"" midas said."
Subject(s): Environment; Gold; Midas; Women; Women's Rights; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Feminism


THE VALLEY OF THE FALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My new friend, maisie, who works where I work
Last Line: Fodor's spain, 1984
Subject(s): Franco, Francisco (1892-1975); Spain; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE WARS IN SWEDEN       
First Line: The streets of stockholm are churning with guerrillas
Last Line: Being the conscience of the white race isn't much fun.
Subject(s): Social Protest; Sweden; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE WAY WE WRITE LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We must lie long in the weeds
Last Line: From the meadow. Turn on the poem & the light.
Subject(s): Letters; Poetry & Poets; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


THRALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The room is sparsely furnished
Last Line: So you may write this poem.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THROUGH A GLASS EYE, LIGHTLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the laboratory waiting room
Last Line: In the empty eye.
Subject(s): Children; Eyes; Vanity; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


TO A VISITING POET IN A COLLEGE DORMITORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here tame boys fly down the long light of halls
Last Line: To father men and poems in your mind.
Subject(s): Men; Poetry & Poets; Universities & Colleges; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


TO AN UNKNOWN POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I haven't the heart to say
Last Line: In this bastion of culture.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Estrangement; Outcasts; Feminism


TRIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Some say sorrow fades
Last Line: And a third, who had no song.
Subject(s): Aging; Grief; Happiness; Women; Women's Rights; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight; Feminism


TWELVE O'CLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: At seventeen I've come to read a poem
Last Line: And everything, forever, everything is changed.
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Heisenberg, Werner Karl (1901-1976); Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; World War Ii; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb; Parenthood; Feminism; Second World War


TWO POETS BY THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lakeshore modulated to a cove
Last Line: The balked need urgent in your words, and mine.
Subject(s): Boats; Lakes; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Wright, James (1927-1980); Writing & Writers; Pools; Ponds; Feminism


TYING ONE ON IN VIENNA       
First Line: I have been, faithfully, to the thirty-nine birthplaces of beethoven
Last Line: Hooray for purple and gold, for liquor and angels!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Christianity; Poetry & Poets; Vienna; Women; Women's Rights; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Feminism


UNION OF WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: At a literary gathering in santa monica
Last Line: So here's to solidarity, cinquains, brave bearded ladies -- hooray!
Subject(s): Beards; Hotels; Labor Unions; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses; Feminism


VOYAGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Digging my claws in sand, I crawled ashore
Last Line: And know no more than he what victory was.
Subject(s): Despair; Heroism; Homecoming; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Heroes; Heroines; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


WHAT THE BONES KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Remembering the past
Last Line: I do not waste my breath.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Memory; Poetry & Poets; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Self-consciousness; Sex; Women; Women's Rights; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Dead, The; Feminism


WHAT WAS IN A NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Thomas love peacock! Thomas love peacock!
Last Line: I hail the three-in-one, the one-in-three.
Subject(s): Names; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


WHERE I'VE BEEN ALL MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sirs, in our youth you love the sight of us
Last Line: Come die with me in the mosques of rotterdam.
Subject(s): China; Ethnic Identity; Identity; Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Self-consciousness; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Holland; Dutch People; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


WINTER SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: So I go on, tediously on and on...
Last Line: Who made the days and years seem worth enduring.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Loss; Love; Solitude; Women; Women's Rights; Loneliness; Feminism



Kizer. Carolyn    Poet's Biography
5 poems available by this author


A CHILD'S GUIDE TO CENTRAL OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: When you peer between the white bars of your pen
Last Line: Its name is freedom. To reach it, there's no guide but you
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


AFTER HORACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spare me the roman wars, and those
Last Line: She won't accept your kiss; she'll steal it!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Flirtation


FANNY    Poem Text    
First Line: At samoa, hardly unpacked, I commenced planting
Last Line: Never again succumb to the fever of planting
Subject(s): Social Commentary; Gardening And Gardens; Samoa


THE EROTIC PHILOSOPHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Its a spring morning; sun pours in the window
Last Line: Let me enter my chamber and sing my songs of love
Subject(s): Books & Reading; Women's Rights; Innocence; Love - Erotic; Feminism


THWARTED       
First Line: Twarted, old friend! We have been baulked again
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation