Gillian Conoley (born 1955) is an American poet, the author of seven collections of poetry. Her work has been anthologized widely, most recently in Norton’s American Hybrid, Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricisms, Mondadori’s Nuova Poesia Americana (Italian), and Best American Poetry. Conoley's poetry has appeared in Conjunctions, New American Writing, American Poetry Review, The Canary, A Public Space, Carnet de Rouge, Jacket, Or, Fence, Verse, Ironwood, jubilat, Zyzzyva, Ploughshares, the Denver Quarterly, the Missouri Review and other publications. A recipient of the Jerome J. Seshtack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, as well as several Pushcart Prizes, she is Professor and ... more »
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It Was The Beginning Of Joy And The End Of Pain
The sewing machine had a sort of genius, high, oily and red
over that little hellion's pants. Joy and Pain crossing legs,
then coloring in the poverty—
Are we a blue, blue whine in the restive trees?
Are we under the imprecision?
The beginning endless, ending like chasing deer out of the yard,
sphere unto sphere it takes a loyal Enthusiast
Death's mother. Stag on the meadow,
mare in the river,
unwinding green river wide rock for the resting.
The man and the woman liked to go there,