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Suzanne Gardinier

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Suzanne Gardinier
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Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on January 25, 1961, poet and essayist Suzanne Gardinier earned her BA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MFA at Columbia University.

She has authored five books of poetry: Iridium & Selected Poems 1986–2009 (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), Dialogue with the Archipelago (Sheep Meadow Press, 2009), Today: 101 Ghazals (Sheep Meadow Press, 2008), and The New World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993). She has also published a collection of essays, A World That Will Hold All the People (University of Michigan Press, 1996).

She is the recipient of grants from the Lannan Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan.


Suzanne Gardinier, P.O.P

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Between the blinds Past the coded locks
Past the slanted gold bars of the day
Smelling of all-night salt rain on the docks
Of grief Of birth Of bergamot Of May

In the wind that lifts the harbor litter
Wet against my fingers in a dream
Salvaging among the tideline's bitter


Got your message, here
in the letter you didn’t write:
burned, with a forbidden seal,
marking the burial site
of what has neither voice nor definition,
what has no face, no peace, no place to sleep,
a whisper in which I can’t [inaudible]
—what the sea doesn’t say, whispering,