Carolyn Ashley Kizer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism.
"Kizer reaches into mythology in poems like “Semele Recycled”; into politics, into feminism, especially in her series of poems called “Pro Femina”; into science, the natural world, music, and translations and commentaries on Japanese and Chinese literatures," according to an article on Kizer at the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest Web site.
Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington, the daughter of a socially prominent Spokane couple,
Her father, Benjamin Hamilton Kizer, was 45 when she was born. Her mother, Mabel Ashley Kizer, ... more »
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- A Poet's Household
- A Song for Muriel
- American Beauty
- Cultural Evolution
- Days of 1986
- Fearful Women
- On a Line from Valéry (The Gulf War)
- Parent's Pantoum
- The Intruder
- The Ungrateful Garden
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''Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking,Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet, educator. Pro Femina, Knock upon Silence (1963).
In need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware,
Keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.''
''My motherpreferring the strange to the tame:Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 1-3). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Comp...
Dove-note, bone marrow, deer dung,
Frog's belly distended with funny young,''
''The soft mouse body, the hard feral glintCarolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 14-15). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Co...
In the caught eyes.''
Whose denizens can turn upon the worldCarolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 25-30). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Co...
With spitting tongue, an odor, talon, claw,
To sting or soil benevolence, alien
As our clumsy traps, our random scatter of shot.