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Bestiary : poems / Donika Kelly.

Author/creator Kelly, Donika author.
Other author/creatorFinney, Nikky, writer of introduction.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]
Copyright Notice ©2016
Descriptionxii, 70 pages ; 23 cm
Uniform titlePoems. Selections
Contents Out West -- Catalogue -- Fourth grade autobiography -- Where she is opened. Where she is closed -- Love poem: chimera -- Bower -- Hermit thrush -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a block of ice -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a door -- Swallow -- Love poem: Pegasus -- Handsome is -- How to be alone -- Whale -- Ceremony at the end of a season -- Ostrich -- Arkansas love song -- A man goes west and falls off his horse in the desert -- Love poem: centaur -- Secretary -- Love poem: centaur -- Love poem: satyr -- Balloon -- Love poem: mermaid -- Love letter -- Love poem: werewolf -- Little box -- Self-portrait as a wooden flower -- Commandments -- Love poem: griffon -- Archaeology -- Tender -- Winter poem -- Love poem: Donika -- Red bird -- What gay porn has done for me -- Sonnet in which only one bird appears -- Love poem: minotaur -- Santa Rosa -- Love poem -- Back East.
Abstract "Across this remarkable first book are encounters with animals, legendary beasts, and mythological monsters--half human and half something else. Donika Kelly's Bestiary is a catalogue of creatures--from the whale and ostrich to the pegasus and chimera to the centaur and griffin. Among them too are poems of love, self-discovery, and travel, from "Out West" to "Back East." Lurking in the middle of this powerful and multifaceted collection is a wrenching sequence that wonders just who or what is the real monster inside this life of survival and reflection. Selected and with an introduction by the National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, Bestiary questions what makes us human, what makes us whole."--
Awards noteWinner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; selected by Nikky Finney.
LCCN 2016931145
ISBN9781555977580 (paperback)
ISBN1555977588 (paperback)

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