• Dear— (I)

    Donika Kelly

    Summer 2020


    We come from abundance, each season
    bowed with rain. But here is the earth,
    eager to flame, the air like salt, thirsty
    even for the water we carry
    in our skin. New wanderers in this land,
    we do not know how to wait for water,
    have never waited so long for rain
    that every tree died, left to stand tinder.

    Donika Kelly is the author of Bestiary (Graywolf 2016), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award. She teaches at St. Bonaventure University.

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