As Ever: Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger

By Joanne Kyger

This choice of Joanne Kyger's paintings unearths her as one of many significant experimenters, hybridizers, and visionaries of poetry. Kyger is a poet of position, with a powerful voice-delicate, sleek, and not wasteful; her poems discover subject matters of friendship, love, neighborhood, and morality and draw on local American fable in addition to Asian faith and philosophy. Kyger's love for poetry manifests itself in a grander scheme of consciousness-expansion and lesson, yet constantly within the realm of the typical. Edited with a foreword by way of Michael Rothenberg, and with an creation by means of poet David Meltzer, this publication is a wonderful review of a perfectly not easy and significant poet.

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It was the morning of the day I would decide to try to fix the friction at the interface, which I had regularly gotten mixed up in. We have a tendency to analyze things too much I used to say, until I realized we never actually analyzed things enough. It was then that I resolved to become the sort of person upon whom nothing was lost for good. I stood there in the dining room looking for Dad. He had made a living as a cattle breeder until the genetic code of the Galloways he brought down to Texas ruined everything.

I ponder going back to try again. She wonders where she put the straw hat she brought to keep her glossy hairdo from too much sun. I ask her if she knows where I put the key. It wasn’t in the left-hand camel-hair pocket packed full of coins and dollar bills and cards from the people I met all day the day before who showed me how to get to Baltimore and its boutique flophouse district near the Métro I had to go to without key or clue to find out where it was that you had gone. 29 Fool Gorman was living proof that shit does float, even with slick green streaks in it like a man’s who’s drunk too much and said things that he oughtn’t.

That was the spring of 1947. My grandmother had lathered the lye soap the way she would when I said damn or shit, and I ran up the stairs to the closet I always hid in when she got the suds and never could find out where I was hiding. That circled square is purple in my mind because I can’t see Euclid colorless. This purple borders him upon his throne of lordly order the geometer alone encompasses in his mind’s eye. 44 I can’t remember whether Euclid ever attempted squaring the circle, though he must have.

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