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’s newest collection, A Vertigo Book, will be published by The Word Works in 2021 as winner of the Tenth Gate Poetry Prize. Her website is