By Donika Kelly
Donika Kelly's fierce debut assortment, longlisted for the 2016 nationwide booklet Award and winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
I proposal myself lion and serpent. Thought
myself physique sufficient for 2, for we.
Found convenience in by no means being lonely.
What burst from my again, from my bones, what lived
along the ridge from crown to crown, from mane
to forked tongue underneath the outside. What clamor
we made within the birthing. What hiss and rumble
at the splitting, on the horns and beard,
at the glottal bleat. What bridges our back.
What powerful neck, what vivid eye. What menagerie
are we. What now we have made up of ourselves.
--from "Love Poem: Chimera"
Across this outstanding first e-book are encounters with animals, mythical beasts, and mythological monsters--half human and part whatever else. Donika Kelly's Bestiary is a listing of creatures--from the whale and ostrich to the pegasus and chimera to the centaur and griffin. between them too are poems of affection, self-discovery, and go back and forth, from "Out West" to "Back East." Lurking in the course of this robust and multifaceted assortment is a wrenching series that wonders simply who or what's the genuine monster within this lifetime of survival and mirrored image. chosen and with an advent by way of the nationwide e-book Award winner Nikky Finney, Bestiary questions what makes us human, what makes us whole.
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