Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer Poems

1. The Great Blue Heron 6/12/2015
2. Ingathering 6/19/2015
3. Where I've Been All My Life 1/14/2016
4. A Muse Of Water 11/24/2014
5. Cultural Evolution 1/3/2003
6. Days Of 1986 1/3/2003
7. A Song For Muriel 1/3/2003
8. American Beauty 1/3/2003
9. Parent's Pantoum 1/3/2003
10. The Ungrateful Garden 1/3/2003
11. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) 1/20/2003
12. Reunion 1/3/2003
13. The Intruder 1/3/2003
14. A Poet's Household 1/3/2003
15. Fearful Women 1/3/2003

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Fearful Women

Arms and the girl I sing - O rare
arms that are braceleted and white and bare

arms that were lovely Helen's, in whose name
Greek slaughtered Trojan. Helen was to blame.

Scape-nanny call her; wars for turf
and profit don't sound glamorous enough.

Mythologize your women! None escape.
Europe was named from an act of bestial rape:

Eponymous girl on bull-back, he intent
on scattering sperm across a continent.

Old Zeus refused to take the rap.
It's not his name in big print on the map.

But let's go back to the beginning
when sinners ...

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