Kim Addonizio

Sullen Art
November 26, 2017 Addonizio Kim

Sullen Art


“Someone will write a poem called Charlottesville,
describing the car and the woman it killed,
and someone else will be moved to consider
the separate pain of the driver’s mother;
the statue of Robert E. Lee won’t gallop out
of history, stone flag waving, without
someone trying to find the words that might
counter all this insanity and hate—
and none of it will matter to the soldiers
of the army of gun-toting sumbitches, shoulder
to white shoulder, self-appointed avatars of the human,
stomping out the neighborhood’s vermin.”
He looks at me and finishes his beer.
“Still,” he says. “I’ve written something.  Here.”

Kim Addonizio’s most recent books of poetry are Lucifer at the Starlite (W. W. Norton, 2009) and the just-reissued Jimmy & Rita (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2012). Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within was released by Norton in 2oo9. With Dorianne Laux, Addonizio co-authored The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). Among her awards and honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal. Addonizio teaches privately in Oakland, and online at