Kim Bridgford


You look like someone else, and so your life
Becomes entangled with a victim's grief.
Who cares if you're the one? You are the way
Hysteria can triumph and hold sway.

Who cares if you are ruined, and your wife
Can't understand why guilt is leitmotiv
For who she is, and what she will become?
You can't find where the real crook is from,

Or prove your alibi, show law-abiding
People that truth, in panic, has been hiding
Somewhere else. And when the crook's cold glance
Makes mockery of circumstance,

The victims do not pause. They see the fatal error,
But, even now, it's intermixed with terror.


Kim Bridgford is a professor of English at Fairfield University, the editor of Dogwood and Mezzo Cammin, and a resident faculty member of Fairfield's new M.F.A. program on Enders Island, off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. She is the author of four books of poetry: Undone, nominated for Pulitzer Prize; Instead of Maps, nominated for the Poets' Prize; In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records, winner of the Donald Justice Prize; and Take-Out: Sonnets about Fortune Cookies, forthcoming from David Robert Books. She is currently working on a three-book poetry/photography project with visual artist Jo Yarrington, focusing on journey and sacred space in Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan. A former Connecticut Professor of the Year and a two-time nominee for U.S. Professor of the Year, she was the 2007 Connecticut Touring Poet.



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