Carolyn Kizer Poems
|1.||The Great Blue Heron||6/12/2015|
|3.||Where I've Been All My Life||1/14/2016|
|4.||Amusing Our Daughters||1/10/2018|
|5.||The Erotic Philosophers||1/10/2018|
|7.||Food of Love||1/10/2018|
|8.||Lines to Accompany Flowers for Eve||1/10/2018|
|11.||Summer near the River||1/10/2018|
|12.||Through a Glass Eye, Lightly||1/10/2018|
|13.||What the Bones Know||1/10/2018|
|16.||Election Day, 1984||1/10/2018|
|17.||How It Passes||1/10/2018|
|20.||A Muse Of Water||11/24/2014|
|22.||Days Of 1986||1/3/2003|
|23.||A Song For Muriel||1/3/2003|
|25.||The Ungrateful Garden||1/3/2003|
|28.||On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War)||1/20/2003|
|29.||A Poet's Household||1/3/2003|
Comments about Carolyn Kizer
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 ...
Days Of 1986
He was believed by his peers to be an important poet,
But his erotic obsession, condemned and strictly forbidden,
Compromised his standing, and led to his ruin.
Over sixty, and a father many times over,
The objects of his attention grew younger and younger:
He tried to corrupt the sons of his dearest friends;
He pressed on them drinks and drugs,
And of course he was caught and publicly shamed.