Emily Van Kley

Emily Van Kley’s poems have appeared in Nimrod, the Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Best New Poets 2013, among others. She is also a recipient of the Iowa Review Award and the Florida Review Editor’s Award. Her most recent project is an exchange of poems and images with the textile artist Sonja Dahl for 7×7.


Dear Skull

beloved braincase, body’s bleeding heart helmet law   dear ribs thick with implied meat, disused central railroad, reverse spec house unplumbed to propitious frame   dear double-strung forearm, dear violin bow,   dear pachyderm-eared pelvis,   dear barnacle spine—   tolerate this animate interlude, nervous tic of cell & swoosh, elasticity & vein   & […]

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