To know nothing of living things Those that exist often Beside us Hello, she says & does it hear, do you? Days, nights, watching a stranger's heart Stumble against his skin It wants out, and the body Is a flesh dress he'll take off Only once, at the last
Claudia Keelan is the author of eight collections of poetry: We Step into the Sea: New and Selected Poems (Barrow Street, 2018), O, Heart (Barrow Street, 2014); Missing Her (New Issues Press, 2009); The Devotion Field (Alice James Books, 2004); Of & Among There Was a Locus(t) (Ashata Press, 2003); Utopic (Alice James Books, 2000), which won the Beatrice Hawley Award; The Secularist (University of Georgia Press, 1997), and Refinery (Cleveland State University Press, 1994). Her honors include the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize and the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series Award. Keelan teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the editor of Interim. She lives in the Mojave Desert.