Kim Addonizio

(July 31, 1954 / Washington, D.C)

Lucifer At The Starlite - Poem by Kim Addonizio

—after George Meredith

Here's my bright idea for life on earth:
better management. The CEO
has lost touch with the details. I'm worth
as much, but I care; I come down here, I show
my face, I'm a real regular. A toast:
To our boys and girls in the war, grinding
through sand, to everybody here, our host
who's mostly mist, like methane rising
from retreating ice shelves. Put me in command.
For every town, we'll have a marching band.
For each thoroughbred, a comfortable stable;
for each worker, a place beneath the table.
For every forward step a stumbling.
A shadow over every starlit thing.

Comments about Lucifer At The Starlite by Kim Addonizio

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    I admire the way she provides contrasts usually right at the end of the poem where she suddenly takes hold of the reins and jerks our heads around (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, May 16, 2011

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