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. Amusing Our Daughters 1/10/2018
5. The Erotic Philosophers 1/10/2018
6. Fanny 1/10/2018
7. Food of Love 1/10/2018
8. Lines to Accompany Flowers for Eve 1/10/2018
9. Pro Femina 1/10/2018
10. Semele Recycled 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
14. Afternoon Happiness 1/10/2018
15. Thrall 1/10/2018
16. Election Day, 1984 1/10/2018
17. How It Passes 1/10/2018
18. October 1973 1/10/2018
19. Night Sounds 1/10/2018
20. A Muse Of Water 11/24/2014
21. Cultural Evolution 1/3/2003
22. Days Of 1986 1/3/2003
23. A Song For Muriel 1/3/2003
24. American Beauty 1/3/2003
25. The Ungrateful Garden 1/3/2003
26. Parent's Pantoum 1/3/2003
27. Reunion 1/3/2003
28. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) 1/20/2003
29. A Poet's Household 1/3/2003
30. The Intruder 1/3/2003
31. 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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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.

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