The Woman in the Corner: Poems

The Woman in the Corner: Poems

by Nancy Krygowski


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The Woman in the Corner keenly observes and gives voice to the ambiguities and astonishments that we often turn away from—in human relationships and in our own unruly hearts. In poems that speak fearlessly about sex and grief, mothers and daughters, and friendships and marriage, Krygowski examines the beauty and danger of inhabiting a woman’s body in the twenty-first century while negotiating how our pasts infiltrate, for better or worse, the here and now. This intimate collection delivers hard won loves and insights, surprising humor, and daring imagination. Krygowski celebrates our joys, gives witness to our pain, and never, never compromises.
Excerpt from “The Woman in the Corner”
I cut a leaf from my mother’s blooming violet,
long alive past her death, to start a plant
for my daughter who I never knew as a baby—
born to a different woman—
but for whom I explained birth
control, blood, how to relax, push in a tampon,
what my mother never touched, her body
a child-making mystery that pushed me
into mystery.  What is a woman
who doesn’t long for kids?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822966043
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 75
Sales rank: 1,174,627
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Nancy Krygowski is the author of Velocity, winner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She is an ESOL instructor at a non-profit and also teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops in Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents


How Old Are You? 3

Holy 4

Weed Whacker 6

The Woman in the Corner 7

Mother's Day 11

How Far Would You Go? 12

A Friend Asks If I'm Comfortable Writing about My Marriage 13

So Easy 16

The Body Is a Vessel, The Body Is a Temple 17

Love Poem with Centrifugal Force 18

Mother of Happiness 20


What Is Your First Name? 23

Abacus in One Hand, Worry Beads in the Other 24

I Wanted Her to Tell Me How to Live, but She Told Me How to Drive 26

Stupid Bitch 28

All in the Family 29

The Words We Want 30

Magnifying Glass 32

Thanks, Rod Stewart 33

Pussy, Cunt 34

Crack 36

Welcome to America 37

Hello, You Don't Know Me 38

Heavy Cream 39


Where Are You From? 43

Hinges 44

What Do You Like about America? 45

After Listening to Boys Bragging 46

If This Were a Color. If This Were One Word 48

Small Man Sonnet 50

The Salvation Army Wasn't Meant for You 51

The No Sound 53

When Cars Could Not Be Trusted 55

I'm Shouting at the Man 57

Dear Sara Teasdale 59


Who Do You Think You Are? 63

Welcome, Disappointment 65

I Try to Explain the Meaning of Life to a Friend Who Fantasizes Suicide 66

Tell a Happy Story 68

One Year After 70

This Marriage, I Think, Is Like Others 71

The Calm 72

Love Poem with Questions 73

Love Poem with Reliable Spare Tire 74

Thanksgiving, an Unsaid Grace 76

Imaginary Conversation #1 (Mother to Daughter) 78

Acknowledgments 81


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