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Bestiary: poems

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Finney, Nikky, writer of introduction.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016].
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xii, 70 pages ; 23 cm

Donika Kelly's fierce debut collection, long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry PrizeI thought myself lion and serpent. Thoughtmyself body enough for two, for we.Found comfort in never being lonely.What burst from my back, from my bones, what livedalong the ridge from crown to crown, from maneto forked tongue beneath the skin. What clamorwe made in the birthing. What hiss and rumbleat the splitting, at the horns and beard,at the glottal bleat. What bridges our back.What strong neck, what bright eye. What menagerieare 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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Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; selected by Nikky Finney.
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Kelly, D., & Finney, N. (2016). Bestiary: poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press.

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Kelly, Donika and Nikky, Finney. 2016. Bestiary: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press.

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Kelly, Donika and Nikky, Finney, Bestiary: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2016.

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Kelly, Donika,, and Nikky Finney. Bestiary: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2016. Print.

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