Create Desire

By Karen Volkman b. 1967 Karen Volkman
Someone was searching for a Form of Fire.
Bird-eyed, the wind watched.
Four deer in a blowsy meadow.
As though it were simply random, a stately stare.
 
What’s six and six and two and ten?
Time that my eye ached, my heart shook, why.
Mistaking lime for lemon.
Dressed in cobalt, charcoal, thistle—and control.
 
If they had more they would need less.
A proposal from the squinting logician.
Seems we are legal, seems we are ill.
Ponderous purpose, are you weather, are you wheel?
 
Gold with a heart of cinder.
Little blue chip dancing in the light of the loom.
Mistress, May-girl, whom will you kiss?
The death of water is the birth of air.

Karen Volkman, “Create Desire” from Spar. Copyright © 2002 by Karen Volkman. Reprinted by permission of University of Iowa Press.

Source: Spar (University of Iowa Press, 2002)

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Poet Karen Volkman b. 1967

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Love, Desire

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Quatrain

 Karen  Volkman

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Born in Miami, poet Karen Volkman earned a BA at New College and an MA at Syracuse University and completed a year of doctoral studies at the University of Houston. Her poetry collections include Crash’s Law (1996), selected for the National Poetry Series by Heather McHugh; Spar (2002), which won the James Laughlin Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize; and Nomina (2008). Her poetry has been featured in the anthologies The New . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Quatrain

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