benediction for a black swan: poems

benediction for a black swan: poems

by Mimi Zollars


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In Benediction for a Black Swan, Mimi Zollars explores the topics of childhood, children, marriage and divorce, alcoholism, and the sensual world in a series of edgy, seductive, irreverent, and ethereal poems. Incorporating elements of magical realism, Zollars’ sexy, darkly beautiful works embrace the miraculous as ordinary—and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529504
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mimi Zollars was raised on both coasts of the United States and currently lives on a small island off the Texas coast with her three children. Raised in the Catholic Church and the ballet, her ruthlessly romantic view of the world is not uninformed. Zollars attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing and dance.

Table of Contents


Like a poem 1

The moderns 3

José louis rodríguez guerra 5

Beautiful tim at the two bells 7

Lost 9

Sculptress 11

The pink door 13

La città eterna 15

Seattle was our paris 19

Benediction for a black swan 21


Rosary 25

A too-cold june day in montana 27

Ceremony 29

Shiscido red and gin in her teacup 31

Souling 33

The beautiful bridge did fall 35

Blue eyes dolls eyes 39

Untangling maleficence 41

Sepulcher 43

An expulsion worthy of the gods 45

Love the mystery 47

Centerpoint 49

Spiritus sanctus 53

Chatoiement 55


Eternal point of viewp 59

Cerulean blue and I dream 61

The window she dreams of 63

Net of indra 65

And then this 67

All I hear back is I love you I love you 69

Night ink 71

Give me a dark room and I'll give you an adulteress 73

Unrepentant as sin 75

Cherries 77

Allowing 79


Benediction mark morris 83

Initiation 87

Finalé 89

Perceived pleasure 91

Epilogue 93

It's the setup the gods adore 97

Gypsy meditation 99

Let someone else describe sacred 101

It's not every day the world arranges itself into a poem for your 103

Tattoo/sleeve 105

Bleeding edge 107

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