Drift by Mary Kinzie

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"The world is touched and stands forth," writes Mary Kinzie in this book of seductive poetic experiment. In lines by turns fragmented and reflective, she shatters and reassembles such curiosities as an engraving by Albrecht Durer and the portrait of a notorious suicide whose children develop a secret telepathy. In one of her many powerful longer pieces, she collects glittering shards from myriad versions of the Cinderella story:

Was the young girl running
out of it because
--recall the blood
within the shoe?--
it hurt her?

Kinzie's verse moves mysteriously between folk-lore and urban devastation, between white magic and the concoction of mood drugs in the modern laboratory. In each poem, she draws our attention to the chinks of light in the dark narratives that surround us, in a language animated by her sympathy and deep moral intelligence.

About Mary Kinzie

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Mary Kinzie is the author of A Poet’s Guide to Poetry and five earlier collections, including Summers of Vietnam, Autumn Eros, and Ghost Ship. She teaches in the creative writing program she founded two decades ago at Northwestern University.
Published October 9, 2013 by Knopf. 98 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In an exoticizing and presumptuous meditation, the speaker ascribes to these men—these "dark faces" in a car, these "creatures/ who became themselves / only at night"—a shockingly stereotypical set of circumstances: "Were they fathers too/ were their children roaming/ through the alleys falling/ ...

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