Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley’s seventh collection of poetry, Peace, is forthcoming with Omnidawn this spring. Her translations of Henri Michaux will appear in City Lights Pocket Poets Series sometime this year. She teaches at Sonoma State University, where she edits Volt.

Summer 1991

Bedrock

By Gillian Conoley

Ball without chain, revolving old bone, the moon spills its pale enchantment on the plain. Sidewalks lead us, each star the same gauntlet thrown down time and again, telling us […]

Summer 1991

Beauty Queen

By Gillian Conoley

When the beauty queen returns home, dry grass, old colorof the fences, fierce sky enchant heruntil in memory, in a white bathing cap, she is making a spectacular diveinto the […]

Summer 1991

The Birth of a Nation

By Gillian Conoley

By 1915 gravity had begun to affect light, and mass, to distort space so that reaching the theaterwas a struggle: couples faded between lamppostsuntil each came to a ticket booth […]