Kathryn Kysar

Kathryn Kysar
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Works on Revolver

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Break/fast by

The sun decides, rounding / into a coin, to proceed—white / blaring now out of the horizon / like a French horn, a crystalline / carrot. Mozart in the dirt, Freud / in the sour cherries falling / from the trees, his childlike tugs / on flowers that won’t be uprooted.

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Press/3 Fragments on Prom by

The girls in eighth / grade told me to press / my thighs together / when wearing a skirt, / bend down with knees / pressed tight, / never dance with / my torso pressed / against him, his thing / pressed into my stomach / as we slowly shuffled / to “Color My World,” / his hand pressed / the hollow of my back.