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Donika Kelly

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Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (fivehundred places, 2017), and the full-length collection Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), winner of the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Bestiary was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017 and longlisted for the National Book Award in 2016. She is an assistant professor at Baruch College in New York City, where she teaches creative writing.

 

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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
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The war was all over my hands.
I held the war and I watched them
die in high-definition. I could watch
 
anyone die, but I looked away. Still,
I wore the war on my back. I put it
on every morning. I walked the dogs
 
and they too wore the war. The sky
overhead was clear or it was cloudy
or it rained or it snowed
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