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Deborah Keenan

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Deborah Keenan is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2007), winner of the Minnesota Book Award. She is the recipient of honors from the Bush Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. She taught for twenty-nine years at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lives.

Selected Bibliography

Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2007)
Kingdoms (Laurel Poetry Collective, 2006)
Good Heart (Milkweed Editions, 2003)
Happiness (Coffee House Press, 1995)
How We Missed Belgium, with Jim Moore (Milkweed Editions, 1984)
The Only Window That Counts (New Rivers Press, 1985)
Household Wounds (New Rivers Press, 1981)
One Angel Then (Midnight Paper Sales Press, 1981)

by this poet


My neighbor cradles a coyote at the top of the hill behind my house.
She is screaming at me to stop being so afraid.
Then the keening yet ecstatic cry of our neighborhood hawk, and then
The plunge, the lift, the rabbit, crying.

The Siberian tiger leaps from the back of the truck:
He’d been caught in a snare, rescued by Russian students
Deep in the forest, tranquilized, observed, fitted with a radio
Collar, woken up as if from a human dream for tigers,
Driven back to the forest, the cage opened, the leap,
And gone.

Four hundred left.