Ordinary Plots: Meditations on Poems + Verse

Devin Kelly
Posting the occasional poem and the occasional meditation on that poem.
Created 14 Jun 2020
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  • Chessy Normile's "Feeling It"
    10 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 6 0
    Feeling It Crowded rock mountains/ clear wet rivers going white. Lemuel points to beaver dams I can’t see. But I trust him. He is trying to help a small bug fly out of our moving Saturn. When I was bo...
  • Stanley Plumly's "White Rhino"
    03 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 2 1
    White Rhino The last of my kind, one of the last lovers of flowers and the lawns of the northern grasses, and certainly one of the few able to rub backsides with the baobab and the century-nearing oak...
  • Carlie Hoffman's "The Women of Highbridge Park"
    26 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 8 1
    The Women of Highbridge Park It’s noon on Sunday and they gather around black milk crates placed in a circle on tattered blue fishing tarp. It’s not quite March, but it’s one of those fluke hot-weathe...
  • Adam Zagajewski's "Transformation" (translated by Clare Cavanagh)
    19 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 19 6
    Transformation I haven’t written a single poem in months. I’ve lived humbly, reading the paper, pondering the riddle of power and the reasons for obedience. I’ve watched sunsets (crimson, anxious), I’...
  • Keith S. Wilson's "I Find Myself Defending Pigeons"
    12 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 8 0
    I Find Myself Defending Pigeons I love how you never find their bodies, how they never rest their eyes. I love how their breasts are comforters unfolding by their breath. I love that pigeons live in t...
  • Cameron Awkward-Rich's "The Cure for What Ails You"
    05 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 6 0
    The Cure for What Ails You is a good run, at least according to my mother, which has seemed, all my life, like cruelty — when I had a fever, for example, or a heart, shipwrecked & taking on the flood....
  • Natalie Shapero's "Long Wedding"
    29 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 6 2
    Long Wedding Through it all—the usher’s nod, the Pachelbel, the thousand psalms, the joke-misplacing of the rings—I waited for the pause to acknowledge the few scattered uncles and friends too ill to ...
  • Christian Wiman's "Prayer"
    22 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 10 0
    Prayer For all the pain passed down the genes or latent in the very grain of being; for the lordless mornings, the smear of spirit words intuit and inter; for all the nightfall neverness inking into m...
  • Suji Kwock Kim's "The Korean Community Garden in Queens"
    15 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 4 0
    The Korean Community Garden in Queens In the vacant lot nobody else wanted to rebuild, dirt scumbled for years with syringes and dead weed-husks, tire-shreds and smashed beer bottles, the first green ...
  • D. Nurkse's "The Dog"
    08 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 9 0
    The Dog At twilight we walk each other in the snowy park. The leash yanks us apart. Our trails mix crazily. Haven’t we always traveled in a series of lunges away from a missing center? Something we ca...
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