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“The Heart Keeps Its Own Company” a poem by Amy King — On Being Alive at 47 To the Day



I know it’s an anomalous title

but I’m talking about it anyway

on my 47th birthday I think

because I’m thrown by the “7” as symbolic of heaven

while also being a not-quite-but-almost

50 year signifier.


Poem continues at On Being Alive at 47 To the Day

Amy King, December 14, 2017, 7 p.m. Reading & Open Mic – Riverwood Poetry Series, West Hartford, CT


Amy King

Amy King’s latest book, The Missing Museum , is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. For I Want to Make You Safe ( Litmus Press), John Ashbery describes Amy King ‘s poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011.

King is a Full Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and, as a founding member, serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts . King joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson and Pearl Buck as the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the WNBA Award (Women’s National Book Association).

She was also honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism ” awardees, and she received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She is co-editor of the anthologies Bettering American Poetry 2015 and, with Heidi Lynn Staples, Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change.

Amy King : : Riverwood Poetry Series


Genève Chao reviews “The Missing Museum” by Amy King – Woodland Pattern’s Blog


Amy King’s irascible and incantatory sprawlfest, The Missing Museum, which won the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Prize (a fact which alone makes it the Heavyweight Champ of World Poetry as that year’s …

Source: Genève Chao reviews “The Missing Museum” by Amy King – Woodland Pattern’s Blog

Threat Level: Poetry by Amy King | Boston Review

Source: Threat Level: Poetry | Boston Review

‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

Portrait with Mel Chin’s “revised post soviet tools to be used against the unslakable thirst of 21st century capitalism”

If you don’t know Anne Boyer’s work, you should. She’s a fierce intellect, tremendous poet, and laudable person. I’m grateful she spent time untangling my meandering questions. Her new book, Garments Against Women, is just out from Ahsahta Press, a perfect fit for Boyer’s words. We talk politics, protest, the personal and poetry. Boyer’s strength and […]

Source: ‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

What Is Literary Activism? : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

What Is Literary Activism? : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation.

“You Make the Culture” by Amy King | Academy of American Poets

You Make the Culture

Amy King

The words became librarians, custodians of people
I looked for on the bridge.
I forgot my own face.
I read the book backwards, and
I painted your name in lace
(I drink only the milk of script as beer).
I dislocate all gallery aesthetics,
I carry keys for Baltimore and
Go where no one is my name.
I wish I could sculpt a healing street
from a blanket of guns. The way the sun drops
behind a one-armed cop & we default
to believing in voices. This is the trough of sleep
we draw from. Even gravity works at night.
If I pull your speech on the carpet of impossibility,
will you speak this immediate need for movement?
The immediate need of not drowning in public?
I will walk with the sharks of our pigments
if that’s what inconclusive data requires,
until we leave rooms that hold us apart.
What you see as a small minority, I see
as closer to liberatory. Nothing comes from the center
that doesn’t break most everything in parts.
I break bread with the handwriting of words.
Nothing of appearance is always an illusion.
Lend me your book when you finish
writing it. I’ll be the first to fill in its spaces.

You Make the Culture by Amy King