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Donika Kelly

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Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), winner of the 2018 Kate Tufts Poetry Award, winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, longlisted for the National Book Award in 2016, and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. She is an assistant professor at St. Bonaventure University in western New York, where she teaches creative writing.

by this poet

I am taken with the hot animal
of my skin, grateful to swing my limbs
and have them move as I intend, though
my knee, though my shoulder, though something
is torn or tearing. Today, a dozen squid, dead
on the harbor beach: one mostly buried