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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Carolyn Kizer (KI-zuhr) is the author of numerous critical reviews and articles on poetry and other literature. Many of these are collected in Proses: On Poems and Poets (1993) and Picking and Choosing: Essays on Prose (1995). She is a prolific translator of poetry from other languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, Macedonian, Yiddish, French, and French African. An account of an academic year spent in Pakistan, “Pakistan Journal,” is included in her book of poetry translations Carrying Over: Poems from the Chinese, Urdu, Macedonian, Yiddish, and French African (1988). With Donald Finkel, she prepared A Splintered Mirror: Chinese Poetry from the Democracy Movement (1991). Kizer has written several short stories, one of which, “A Slight Mechanical Failure,” appeared in Quarterly Review of Literature in 1978. Kizer coedited, with Elaine Dallman and Barbara Gelpi, Woman Poet, Vol. 1: The West (1980). She has also edited One Hundred Great Poems by Women (1995) and The Essential Clare (1992).