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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  • Leon Stokesbury's "Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain"
    02 Jan 2022 • 10 min read • 20 12
    Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain Please do not die now. Listen. Yesterday, storm clouds rolled out of the west like thick muscles. Lightning bloomed. Such a sideshow of colors. You should have...
  • Niina Pollari's "Self-Love Is Important"
    26 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 8 0
    Self-Love Is Important In the night I sit With a cup of old wine Tearing me up It’s terrible to admit I haven’t left the house today or gotten dressed I don’t know what yellow the moon is Or the tail ...
  • Kayleb Rae Candrilli's "Water I Won't Touch"
    19 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 10 0
    Water I Won’t Touch My partner & I only believe in good omens, because we are young and gay and generally unbothered when god tells us we are misbehaved. In response, we invite hell- hounds into our b...
  • Kwame Dawes' "Loneliness"
    12 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 11 2
    Loneliness I have taken to talking to trees in midwinter; never those at the edges the safe ones gazing at the highway; I go deep inside where the snow is powdery, crystal under light. We talk, the br...
  • Alexandria Hall's "Practice Test for Insatiable Loneliness"
    05 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    Practice Test for Insatiable Loneliness 1. Absence a) makes the heart grow in vines up the latticework. b) makes dinner and leaves the dishes. c) makes change like the man at the laundromat, carefully...
  • Brian Tierney's "You’re the One I Wanna Watch the Last Ships Go Down With"
    28 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 10 0
    You’re the One I Wanna Watch the Last Ships Go Down With Dr. Redacted will tell me not to tell you this, like this, in a poem: how it’s all right, love, that we don’t love living. Even actors don’t ex...
  • Garous Abdolmalekian's "Long Exposure VI" (translated by Ahmad Nadalizadeh & Idra Novey)
    21 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 7 0
    Long Exposure VI You brushed my shoulder to get off the loneliness. What are you hoping for brushing snow from the shoulder of a snowman? from Lean Against This Late Hour (Penguin, 2020) Sometimes a p...
  • Tess Gallagher's "Close to Me Now"
    14 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 8 1
    Close to Me Now Through low valley mist I saw the horses barely moving, caressed flank and forelock, the dip of the back. Human love is a wonder if only to say: this body! the mist! from Moon Crossing...
  • Faith Shearin's "What I Like"
    07 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 9 0
    What I Like Not the party itself—a flurry of uncomfortable moments—and laughter that really means something else. Not the moment just after the party is over when we fall onto the sofa, dishes scatter...
  • Ada Limón's "The Quiet Machine"
    31 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 11 2
    The Quiet Machine I’m learning so many different ways to be quiet. There’s how I stand in the lawn, that’s one way. There’s also how I stand in the field across from the street, that’s another way bec...
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