Mary Karr Poems
- A Perfect Mess I read somewhere that if pedestrians didn't...
- The Grand Miracle Jesus wound up with his body nailed to a ...
- County Fair On the mudroad of plodding American bodies, ...
- All This and More The Devil's tour of hell did not include ...
- Requiem For The New Year On this first dark day of the year ...
- Field of Skulls Stare hard enough at the fabric of night, ...
- Loony Bin Basketball The gym opened out before us like a ...
Mary Karr (born January 16, 1955) is an American poet, essayist and memoirist. She rose to fame in 1995 with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. On May 10, 2015, Karr delivered the commencement speech at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.
Her memoir The Liars' Club, published in 1995, was a New York Times bestseller for over a year, and was named one of the year's best books. It delves vividly and often humorously into her deeply troubled childhood, most of which was spent in a gritty industrial section of Southeast Texas in the 1960s. She was encouraged to write her personal history by ... more »
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A Perfect Mess
I read somewhere
that if pedestrians didn't break traffic laws to cross
Times Square whenever and by whatever means possible,
the whole city
would stop, it would stop.
Cars would back up to Rhode Island,
an epic gridlock not even a cat
could thread through. It's not law but the sprawl
of our separate wills that keeps us all flowing. Today I loved
the unprecedented gall
of the piano movers, shoving a roped-up baby grand
up Ninth Avenue before a thunderstorm.
They were a grim and hefty pair, cynical
as any day laborers. They knew what was ...