Poetry from the Desert Floor

(Poetry from the Desert Floor) is a patient, honest investigation of the places where external environment and personal identity clash and reshape one another.  …Kelley’s work emphasizes that relentless struggle is as much a part of the desert as wind and sand, describing the setting as a “barren land” where “men die for water” because “sometimes it rains / sometimes flowers bloom / sometimes little tufts of grass / reach skyward. // But mostly it mocks / the dry cracked earth / and steams its way / back into the sky.”

Kirkus Review

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