Carolyn Guinzio

May 25, 2018 Guinzio Carolyn



Any skink
you ask
would say
my blue tail—

What part
of yourself
would you
throw off

the sled
to the wolves
like the groom
did the bride

in the story?
The knife-
thrower’s board
is in the back

room at Good-
will. Versions
of the dead
keep showing

up like a motif
in the life
of the groom.
It can’t see

the new tail
that grows back,
the skink, but
it feels its center

of gravity shift
away from
the sky and closer
to the dirt.


Carolyn Guinzio is the author of seven collections, most recently A Vertigo Book (The Word Works, 2021) winner of the Tenth Gate Prize and the Foreword Indies Gold Medal for poetry book of the year. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker and many other journals. She lives in Fayetteville, AR. Her website is