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Bestiary: Poems | Donika Kelly
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Donika Kelly's fierce debut collection, winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize I thought myself lion and serpent. Thought myself body enough for two, for we. Found comfort in never being lonely. What burst from my back, from my bones, what lived along the ridge from crown to crown, from mane to forked tongue beneath the skin. What clamor we made in the birthing. What hiss and rumble at the splitting, at the horns and beard, at the glottal bleat. What bridges our back. What strong neck, what bright eye. What menagerie are we. What we've made of ourselves. --from "Love Poem: Chimera" 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.
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Hey #LMPBC friends!! Here are my contenders for our poetry sessions. @Bookishthoughts @mklong @TheBookKeepers whatcha think?

TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any of these & they all look great! The top two capture my most interest! 1mo
mklong I love Carol Ann Duffy, but I‘m also intrigued by Bestiary too. 1mo
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TheBookKeepers Nice!!! 1mo
Bookishthoughts Just got the notification for this nit sure why Sorry I didn't respond. Beastiary looks good! 1mo
mklong Awesome! It‘s embarrassing how excited I am about this! 1mo
Bookishthoughts @mklong no its not! I am extremely excited to read everyones picks! We have a great line up here! 1mo
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GondorGirl
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When I decided to read at least one volume of poetry a month for #poetrychallenge2019 I used the Book Outlet boxing day sale to pick up a bunch of random poetry books, based only on the title and cover. This was one I picked for the cover, and when I saw it on Maggie Stiefvater's shelfie the other day I knew I found my February pick.

monalyisha Yes! Never read this but: In Maggie We Trust. 🙏🏻 9mo
GondorGirl @monalyisha Exactly! If she suggests something toy know it's going to be good... and probably a little strange. 😁 9mo
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emtobiasz
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Starting this next. It‘s been on my TBR since Roxane Gay gave it a glowing review on Goodreads 💕#poetry

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readordierachel
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I loved 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. Amazing.

TW for sexual abuse

batsy Lovely review! And that cover 😍 2y
readordierachel @batsy Isn't it striking! 2y
rohit-sawant Sounds terrific! Great review! 2y
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readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 🤗 2y
merelybookish I have this but have only dipped into it. Thanks for remind me to return to it! 🙂 1y
readordierachel @merelybookish Happy to help 😊 1y
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tamaria
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Avoiding all this work I‘ve got like...

#booksandbeer

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slategreyskies
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This book was intense and raw, brightly colored and earthy. I loved it, even as parts of it were painful or unsettling. Strong contemporary poetry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LitsyPartyOfOne

Natasha.C.Barnes Sounds amazing. I think I may have to add it to my list for #poetrychallenge2018...my list is overflowing! 😫 2y
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slategreyskies
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Tonight‘s bit of poems. #LitsyPartyOfOne

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bookloo
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My #readingstats for #October!

🎃 Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
🎃 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
🎃 Autumn by Ali Smith
🎃 The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
🎃 Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
🎃 Bestiary by Donika Kelly

Best: Autumn!
Worst: Fever Dream
#BestofOctober| #OctoberStats| #SpookyOctober

suvata I‘ve got Autumn but haven‘t started it yet. I‘m glad to see you liked it. 2y
bookloo @suvata One of my faves all year! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 💛 2y
Redheadrambles Yeah for Autumn 🍂 I love that book as well 2y
bookloo @Redheadrambles Excited for Winter? ☺️ 2y
DebinHawaii Great job! 📚👍 2y
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BookishFeminist
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Fall mood. Reading excellent Graywolf Press poetry outside in the gorgeous fall weather. Just picked this up from the library and can't wait to dig in. I've heard amazing things about it! 🍂🍂

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8leagueboot
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This title won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the name of its accolade is a solid hint at the nature of the work. Kelly oscillates between rhapsody and devastation in the space of a line, pulling you in with her beautiful fragments and then showing you the truth just when you've been lulled into a false understanding of the nature of the work. Prepare for wonders and monsters alike before jumping in, #triggerwarning abuse .

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JessFerg
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I fully admit to judging books by their covers. Love this one.

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hwheaties
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I am ashamed I waited so long to read this. This collection of poems is a discovery, a paean, a celebration, a beautiful house of sand and fog and so many other things too real to name. I've marked so many pages I want to go back to.

So. Good.

8leagueboot I loved that piece 2y
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hwheaties
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This book might kill me it is so good. Seriously.

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hwheaties
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Also feeding my poet soul with Donika Kelly's BESTIARY and oh man. @Graywolfpress

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CarolynOliver
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Definitely one of the best debuts of 2016: Donika Kelly's Bestiary. Just got a review in the NYT too! #feistyfeb

valeriegeary This is a fantastic picture! Very fitting! 👏 3y
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Linsy
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The holidays thrust me into a bit of a book slump, and completely distracted be from Litsy, but there's nothing like #bookmail to get me back on track. I can't wait to delve into these. I've missed you, littens!

Libby1 And you'll be reading 2 books by someone named Kelly! 🙂 3y
Linsy @Libby1 Lol, that's awesome! I hadn't noticed that. 😂 It is the name of one of my best friends, @wordsworthsprite, so I'm a bit partial to it. 3y
Libby1 Hi, @wordsworthsprite ! I just clicked to follow you 😊 (edited) 3y
Megabooks Welcome back! 👋🏻 3y
Linsy Thanks, @Ebooksandcooks! It's good to be back. 💕 3y
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hwheaties
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Plot twist. This evening, we'll be starting with Wintersong, and supplementing with this slim volume of poetry by Donika Kelly. Gotta love how that happens.

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CarolynOliver
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Thank you for all the birthday love yesterday, Littens! 💕 Today I'm thrilled to recommend this stellar collection of poems about love, trauma, and of course, animals. #poetry #diversebooks #wndb

rachelm Love the pic! 3y
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CarolynOliver
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So excited to read Donika Kelly's BESTIARY, winner of the Cave Canem Prize. Thanks to @graywolfpress for sending it! #poetry

Littens, are any of you also poetry readers? How do you find other verse enthusiasts on @Litsy ?

LectricSheep I love poetry-- it's what I got my MFA in. I don't see too much of it on Litsy, especially contemporary stuff. Maybe we need a hashtag! :) 3y
CarolynOliver @LectricSheep I was thinking that too! I did a quick search and there are only 180 posts tagged #poetry (plus a smattering of related tags). #litsypoetry ? #shareapoem ? #readpoetry ? Something else? 3y
Nafiza There's also A Bestiary by Lily Hoang that I have been lusting after for a while. Are you familiar with it? 3y
CarolynOliver @Nafiza I'm not, but I'll keep an eye out for it! 3y
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hwheaties
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BOOK MAIL HAPPY DANCE!!!

Thank you, @Graywolfpress I cannot wait to read!!

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szainabwilliams
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My #Recommendsday pick! I haven't read poetry in probably a decade, but Bestiary sent me on a poetry quest. Gorgeous imagery (nature fans rejoice) and heartbreak. This collection is as deep as it is magical.

MrBook Nice review and pic! 😎👍🏻 3y
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Amanda
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These poems are gut-punches, heart-shredders, eaters of souls.

hwheaties Want. Is that Graywolf? 3y
WordWaller OMG GRAYWOLF 💖💖💖 3y
Amanda @hwheaties Yes! They are bae. 3y
suzannewhtny When is this coming out?? 3y
Amanda @suzannewhtny November 3y
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