Marilyn Hacker

(1942 / The Bronx, New York City, New York)

Marilyn Hacker Poems

1. Pantoum 6/25/2015
2. Against Elegies 5/23/2016
3. Headaches 5/23/2016
4. Crepuscule with Muriel 5/23/2016
5. Days of 1994: Alexandrians 5/23/2016
6. [Didn't Sappho say her guts clutched up like this?] 5/23/2016
7. Elegy for a Soldier 5/23/2016
8. Nights of 1964—1966: The Old Reliable 5/23/2016
9. from Paragraphs from a Day-Book (section 1 only) 5/23/2016
10. Paragraphs From A Day-Book 1/3/2003
11. Scars On Paper 1/3/2003
12. Invocation 1/3/2003
13. For K. J., Leaving And Coming Back 1/3/2003
14. Year's End 1/3/2003
15. Desesperanto 1/3/2003
16. Rune Of The Finland Woman 1/3/2003
17. The Boy 1/3/2003
18. Iva's Pantoum 1/20/2003
19. Nearly A Valediction 1/3/2003
20. Morning News 1/20/2003
21. Exiles 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Marilyn Hacker

Exiles

Her brown falcon perches above the sink
as steaming water forks over my hands.
Below the wrists they shrivel and turn pink.
I am in exile in my own land.

Her half-grown cats scuffle across the floor
trailing a slime of blood from where they fed.
I lock the door. They claw under the door.
I am an exile in my own bed.

Her spotted mongrel, bristling with red mange,
sleeps on the threshold of the Third Street bar
where I drink brandy as the couples change.
I am in exile where my neighbors are.

On the pavement, cans of ashes burn.
Her green lizard ...

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Invocation

This is for Elsa, also known as Liz,
an ample-bosomed gospel singer: five
discrete malignancies in one full breast.
This is for auburn Jacqueline, who is
celebrating fifty years alive,
one since she finished chemotherapy.
with fireworks on the fifteenth of July.
This is for June, whose words are lean and mean
as she is, elucidating our protest.

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