Kim Addonizio

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

Kim Addonizio
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Kim Addonizio is the daughter of tennis champion Pauline Betz and sports writer Bob Addie.

She briefly attended Georgetown University before moving to San Francisco and receiving a B.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. She has taught at San Francisco State University, as well as Goddard College.

She has a daughter, Aya Cash, and currently lives in Oakland, California.

Her books of poetry include Lucifer at the Starlite (W. W. Norton, 2009), Tell Me (BOA Editions, 2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Jimmy & Rita (1997); The Philosopher's Club (1994); and Three West Coast Women, with Laurie Duesing and Dorianne Laux ... more »

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  • Rookie Danny Sainato (4/26/2006 4:06:00 PM)

    Kim is wacha call da best poetical person dere eeva was. She is very good at rymes, especially for a broad. She is also a hottie. She has da hots for me i tink. I already have a broad of my own. I hope Kim is not too bummed out. Thats life.

  • Rookie Val M (9/26/2005 3:21:00 PM)

    Kim Addonizio is my favorite modern poet. It's like she's in my mind and knows exactly what I would write if I had poetic talent.

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Best Poem of Kim Addonizio

What Do Women Want?

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what's underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I'm the only
woman ...

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