Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer Poems

1. A Muse Of Water 11/24/2014
2. A Poet's Household 1/3/2003
3. A Song For Muriel 1/3/2003
4. Afternoon Happiness 1/10/2018
5. American Beauty 1/3/2003
6. Amusing Our Daughters 1/10/2018
7. Cultural Evolution 1/3/2003
8. Days Of 1986 1/3/2003
9. Election Day, 1984 1/10/2018
10. Fanny 1/10/2018
11. Fearful Women 1/3/2003
12. Food of Love 1/10/2018
13. How It Passes 1/10/2018
14. Ingathering 6/19/2015
15. Lines to Accompany Flowers for Eve 1/10/2018
16. Night Sounds 1/10/2018
17. October 1973 1/10/2018
18. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) 1/20/2003
19. Parent's Pantoum 1/3/2003
20. Pro Femina 1/10/2018
21. Reunion 1/3/2003
22. Semele Recycled 1/10/2018
23. Summer near the River 1/10/2018
24. The Erotic Philosophers 1/10/2018
25. The Great Blue Heron 6/12/2015
26. The Intruder 1/3/2003
27. The Ungrateful Garden 1/3/2003
28. Thrall 1/10/2018
29. Through a Glass Eye, Lightly 1/10/2018
30. What the Bones Know 1/10/2018
31. Where I've Been All My Life 1/14/2016

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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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For more than thirty years we hadn't met.
I remembered the bright query of your face,
That single-minded look,intense and stern,
Yet most important -how could I forget?-
Was what your taught me inadvertantly
(tutored by books and parents, even more
By my own awe at what was yet to learn):
The finest intellect can be a bore.

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