Donika Kelly

Fall 2017

My chest is earth

I meant to write my chest is warm

but earth will do

                                 to exhume a heart


I meant to write


                  Did you know I was alive the whole time

I was alive in the ground but torpor

             But torpor

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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