Donika Kelly: Bestiary

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Recommended for readers wanting to freshen their morning routines with emotional poetry Sarah I oved everything about this Donika Kelly knows her craft These poems are so skillful and beautiful and chimerical There are poems about nature about her own often painful childhood and about mythological beings and somehow it all works perfectly together There aren t enough starsTW for sexual abuse I read this book in two sitting over one day basically the perfect Saturday First I read each poem straight through and dog eared the pages of poems I wanted to revisit Then I went back and reread usually than once those I d marked It s how I usually read shorter books of poetry Sometimes Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, longer ones too Kelly s voice is so strong As you read you piece together a part of her own story and it s increasingly shocking Some of the poems I initially found too abstract but I am going Across this remarkable first book are encounters with animalsegendary 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

Ack over them now with my Merriam Webster app open Super helpful for some especially their titles Not as helpful for othersStill I The Oracles Golem (The Oracle loved this book and will read by Donika Kelly in the future One of the best and most powerful debut collections I ve read in a veryong timeYou speak in therapy Every statement begins I feel even when you mean why are you hurting meYou d rather be a simpler animal I Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations loved the poet s use of animals real and imaginary to plumb her emotions explore identity and make sense of her experiences BESTIARY is a catalog of what s inside us of what breaks us and what puts us back together In the process the book breaks you then fixes you Kelly is not afraid of the dark or ofoneliness and the magic of this book is she somehow makes you Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, less afraid too Bestiary is a swift and gorgeous collection of poems It s magical and painfully intimate I m still. Egasus and chimera to the centaur and griffin Among them too are poems ofove self discovery and travel from Out West to Back East Lurking in the middle of this powerful and multifaceted collection is a wrenching seuence that.

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Lingering in its atmosphere This is a perfect autumn read something to take into the woods But who will The Solitary Self listen to the song of a nutbrown hen Me I willisten This collection was a journey a kind of odyssey and we are The Ornaments of Life lucky to be allowed to follow Il be coming back to these poems forever A beautiful meditation on personhood nature the body One Wish (Thunder Point, love and mythology She is playful but always with aayer of sincerity and admiration for her subjects whether it s a mythical creature a bird or herself Gorgeously written these poems are best read aloud to feel the words in your mouth to hear them spoken What a gorgeous book of poems The ove poems in particular are striking with unexpected ideas and imagery coalescing into poetry about this thing called ove Also threads of fathers who mistake daughters for Remembering and Repeating lovers and mothers who disappear and black girlhood This one I savored. Wonders just who or what is the real monster inside thisife of survival and reflection Selected and with an introduction by the National Book Award winner Nikky Finney Bestiary uestions what makes us human what makes us whole.

Donika Kelly is a poet and a scholar and is currently a lecturer in the Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies Program at the University of California Davis Her poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review Indiana Review and West Branch