Kim Addonizio

2021 Muni Poet - Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her latest books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life.

Cranes in August

They clutter the house, 
awkwardly folded, unable 
to rise. My daughter makes 
and makes them, having heard 
the old story: what we create 
may save us. I string 
a long line of them over 
the window. Outside 
the gray doves bring 
their one vowel to the air, 
the same sound 
from many throats, repeated.


“Cranes in August” by Kim Addonizio.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with author’s permission.