Elizabeth Alexander

(May 30, 1962 / Westfield, New Jersey)

Elizabeth Alexander Poems

1. Apollo 5/21/2016
2. Ars Poetica #100: I Believe 5/21/2016
3. At the Beach 5/21/2016
4. Boston Year 5/21/2016
5. Crash 5/21/2016
6. The Dirt-Eaters 5/21/2016
7. Early Cinema 5/21/2016
8. Equinox 5/21/2016
9. "The female seer will burn upon this pyre" 5/21/2016
10. Minnesota Fats Describes His Youth 5/21/2016
11. Narrative: Ali 5/21/2016
12. Preliminary Sketches: Philadelphia 5/21/2016
13. Robeson at Rutgers 5/21/2016
14. Stravinsky in L.A. 5/21/2016
15. The Venus Hottentot 5/21/2016
16. Race 7/31/2015
17. Praise Song For The Day 2/26/2014
18. Ladders 2/26/2014
19. Autumn Passage 2/26/2014
20. Haircut 1/20/2003
21. Vernal Observations 1/2/2003
22. Butter 12/16/2014
23. Blues 1/20/2003

Comments about Elizabeth Alexander

  • Brooklyn Parker (7/10/2018 10:01:00 AM)

    Whoever made this website forgot to add Tending to the list of poems.

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  • Sandra Dunn (6/6/2016 10:12:00 AM)

    I saw you on Democracy Now. I love your poem honoring Mohammad Ali.

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Best Poem of Elizabeth Alexander


I am lazy, the laziest
girl in the world. I sleep during
the day when I want to, 'til
my face is creased and swollen,
'til my lips are dry and hot. I
eat as I please: cookies and milk
after lunch, butter and sour cream
on my baked potato, foods that
slothful people eat, that turn
yellow and opaque beneath the skin.
Sometimes come dinnertime Sunday
I am still in my nightgown, the one
with the lace trim listing because
I have not mended it. Many days
I do not exercise, only
consider it, then rub my curdy
belly and lie down. Even
my poems are ...

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Vernal Observations

The forsythia cascades quiver
No breeze blowing any where else?
Gazing, again, ah the blossoms
A goldfinch constructing her nest!

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