Michael Gessner Poems
- An Anorexic Student I cannot find the voice for you, ...
- Not About This It is not about the classic rivers of ...
- Description Of Sea Life What was it, this crippled ...
- Bridge At Giverny In pursuit of the changing subject ...
- Lines On A Dog's Face Wallace said, 'What the eye beholds may...
- The Doors Of Dublin The doors of Dublin are Georgian doors, ...
- Genii Loci There must be other inhabitants of the places We ...
Born in Highland Park, MI, moved to the southwest, resides in Tucson, AZ. U of Arizona post-doctoral, Andrew Mellon appt. to Dept. of Mod. Languages. Poems twice nominated as finalists for 'Discovery/The Nation' the years Haas & Pinsky read, and the Pablo Neruda Award. Taught college & university composition & literature, married, one child. Gessner's poetry has been described as 'Striking' (The... more »
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An Anorexic Student
I cannot find the voice for you,
Something left unsaid, impossible
In your presence, culture-bound to vogue,
The central attraction of runway values,
The tights and blouse that cling
To contours of bone, sharp ridges
Of hips, the pubic mound, are Christian Dior.
The mouth dry from crystal-meth,
What you take in your defense,
A charmed life of sea-kelp and spritzers
Through palpy lips, vulnerable
Vortex of sex, beauty, and early death.
You bring your papers to my desk
With eyes moody, promiscuous
And leave with an endless line of boys
To be ...