The Daughter

By Carmen Giménez Smith b. 1971 Carmen Gimenez Smith
We said she was a negative image of me because of her lightness.
She's light and also passage, the glory in my cortex.
Daughter, where did you get all that goddess?
Her eyes are Neruda's two dark pools at twilight.
Sometimes she's a stranger in my home because I hadn't imagined her.
Who will her daughter be?
She and I are the gradual ebb of my mother's darkness.
I unfurl the ribbon of her life, and it's a smooth long hallway, doors flung open.
Her surface is a deflection is why.
Harm on her, harm on us all.
Inside her, my grit and timbre, my reckless.

Carmen Gimenez Smith, "The Daughter" from Milk & Filth. Copyright © 2013 by Carmen Gimenez Smith.  Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Milk & Filth (University of Arizona Press, 2013)

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Poet Carmen Giménez Smith b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, Parenthood, The Body, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

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Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009), the full-length collection Odalisque in Pieces (2009), and the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010). Her most . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Parenthood, The Body, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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