Kim Addonizio

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

My Heart - Poem by Kim Addonizio

That Mississippi chicken shack.
That initial-scarred tabletop,
that tiny little dance floor to the left of the band.
That kiosk at the mall selling caramels and kitsch.
That tollbooth with its white-plastic-gloved worker
handing you your change.
That phone booth with the receiver ripped out.
That dressing room in the fetish boutique,
those curtains and mirrors.
That funhouse, that horror, that soundtrack of screams.
That putti-filled heaven raining gilt from the ceiling.
That haven for truckers, that bottomless cup.
That biome. That wilderness preserve.
That landing strip with no runway lights
where you are aiming your plane,
imagining a voice in the tower,
imagining a tower.

Comments about My Heart by Kim Addonizio

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (5/31/2016 2:21:00 PM)

    Superb! ! ! ! Congrats for the poem of the day.
    where you are aiming your plane,
    imagining a voice in the tower,
    imagining a tower.
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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (5/31/2016 6:28:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem...I love the way it compares living with the landing of a plane...Congrats on being poet of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/31/2016 3:09:00 AM)

    This seems to me as the script for the recording of a video aimed at giving graphic details about the layout of a township along with glimpses of its life. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/31/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    That wilderness preserve! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 1:41:00 AM)

    Another handsome piece of writing... I liked the physical shape of the poem as it spirals down with the poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, May 16, 2011

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