Gifts for Readers & Poets: PRECISE by Tina Kelley

I'm a huge Tina Kelley fan, so it is surprising for me to say that I just got this book last month! I somehow missed buying my copy.

But it's lovely and beautiful.  Tina writes in a rich way, long lines that warm me like blankets. Yes, blankets! I always feel warm and full after reading her work, no matter what the subject.

Here's a poem by Tina, so you can get a sense of how she writes:

The Novice Insomniac, to the Crescent Moon
No more four inside-out mouths, inconsolable.
They’ve stopped, so I start my coronation anthem
to the future, wedding song for moon and earth shadow,
slimmest sky claw, lid of tight sleeper, more regal
than dawn. The others splay their riffs over sunrise
with that smug pride of early risers, excited by a mere day.
My eyelash, egg-crack, heralds a month, must be coaxed in
with vigor, over pornographic peonies, over other proofs
that the known is never flat, but shaped like song
spreading in resonant dusk, as we, the musically insane,
scribble our songs over the yard. So future, come quick,
come quick. Bring warm branches, shifting swarms,
sturdy fledglings, soft landings, rain, soaring. I sing
until I sleep mid-note, no reason to pause ever, forever.

this was from the journal ONE.
~ Kells

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