Coedited with Johanna Keller and Candace McClelland
“Carolyn Kizer was a feminist before the word came into vogue. Her famous poem “Pro Femina” legitimized a new generation of women writers’ attention to the undisclosed fact of their lives . . . The work of the last fifteen years has grown more political, more worldly, while at the same time preserving the candor and tenderness that illuminate such poems as ‘Gerda and Pearl,’ in which she writes from the point of view of the child she was . . . Carolyn’s mind has the broad range of a predator, the vocabulary of a lexicographer, and the rich lyricism of those song writers of the forties whom we both adore.”
A Carol For Carolyn
“It is easy to be a poet, / brim with transparent water”
—Carolyn Kizer, ”In the First Stanza”
I dreamed of a poet who gave me a whale
that shadowed clear pools through the kelp-making shade.
When beached sea-foam dried on the rocks, it would sail
down currents that gathered to pool and cascade
with turbulent order.
She brims with transparent water,
as mother and poet and daughter.
The surface is broken and arching and full,
impelled by the passions of nation and woman.
The waves build and fall; the deep currents pull
toward rocky pools cupping the salt of the human.
The ocean she’s authored
brims, with transparent water,
for poet and mother and daughter.
—By Annie Finch. First published in Carolyn Kizer: Perspectives on Her Life and Work
“This book celebrates a remarkable woman.”
Table of Contents:
ESSAYS, ARTICLES & REVIEWS
Passwords at the Boundary:
Carolyn Kizer’s Poetry
Postscript: Carolyn Kizer, Superkid
The Impact of Character on Character
A Sacred Tale of Regeneration
“In Hell with Virg and Dan,” Review of
Harping On by Carolyn Kizer
Kizer’s Politics: Poetry and Feminism
MARGARET RABB & JACKSON WHEELER
Kizer’s Commandments: Dicta for Student Writers
Larger Than Life:
Mythology and Carolyn Kizer
Carolyn Kizer and the Chain of Women
A Swift Education
Re/Membering the Goddess
Carolyn Kizer and the Poetics of Generosity
The House of Madame K.
Carolyn Kizer and Her Chinese Imitations
POEMS FOR CAROLYN
Inviting Carolyn Kizer
Bub and Sis
On Some Qualities in Her Self and Poetry
Because You Are Always There
Drifting in Montana
AGHA SHAHID ALI
I Dream It Is Afternoon When I Return to Dehli
A Carol for Carolyn
Pantoum, with Swan
Intensity and Effect: An Interview with Carolyn Kizer (1997)
An Interview with Carolyn Kizer (1967)
Carolyn Kizer: The Art of Poetry
About the Editors
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