a+bend press


Kathy Lou Schultz
30 pages


Genealogy explores sense of place, social class dynamics, and gender roles through experiment with form and the lyric.


If all I had to worry about was daylight. To spend each hour. A tarnished gold coin of unknown origin. Before our arms and wrists go numb.

She skipped along wearing an embroidered white apron which mustn't be soiled. Put the bit in the mouth of the horse. Began hearing voices which reminded her of a lovely maiden. Or fallen down a well.

A gilt edged, finely rolled. I paused in between errands and then breath. To the office, the office, the office, huffing and puffing, dwarves trudging uphill. Or squirrels with nuts. Dinner the size of a mouth.

Our body part of importance when bothersome. Then insistent. Of tick, tick, oh prattle, prattle. No time like.

I began to think of. Water must be carried by camel or by mule depending upon the destination. We rolled along thinking of points west.


Kathy Lou Schultz's recent projects include a forum on class and poetics which she is co-editing with Robin Tremblay-McGaw for HOW2. Kathy Lou's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Outlet, Rhizome, Kenning, lyric&, Tripwire, Fourteen Hills, and Mirage #4 Period[ical]. Her 1994 collection of poems, Re dress, won the Michael Rubin Award. She is one of the founding editors of Lipstick Eleven and Duck Press, publishers of experimental literature. Kathy Lou has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University.