Today's poem is "The Eroticised World"
from The Extremities

Oberlin College Press

Timothy Kelly is also the author of Articulation (1993) and Stronger(2000), which won the 1999 FIELD Poetry Prize. He lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and sons, and works as a physical therapist.

Other poems by Timothy Kelly in Verse Daily:
September 6, 2005:   "Voluptuosity" "The body's curving comes..."
August 17, 2005:   "Forearm Dissection "The fine, sheathed muscles laid in length..."

Books by Timothy Kelly: The Extremities, Articulation, Toccata & Fugue, Stronger

Other poems on the web by Timothy Kelly:
"The Muscles of the Face"
"From Nothing"

About The Extremities:

"Timothy Kelly's The Extremities might be called Kelly's Anatomy for its incisive mapping of the vulnerable human body. Carving his astonishing strands of images, all the way from the pelvis as an 'alabaster birdbath' to the 'jewelsmithed bridge' of the bones of the ear, Kelly makes much other poetry about the body appear under-informed. After reading his poetry, you won't be able to raise your arm without a new sense of the intricate and tight net of correspondences between muscle and bone--and the way deft language can lead us to a fresh realization of the mysteries that are always with us."
—Lee Upton

"The Extremities rescues from the drab columns of textbooks the clinical language of tendons and bones, unlocking an enormous, previously unguessed range of metaphor and reference. The poems are unique. Their brilliant engagement with the concrete and objective brings the inner life to light with a crystalline concision for which I had not known I hungered. This is a wonderful book, something truly new."
—Christopher Howell

"Human body as earth and sky, machine and animal flesh, cathedral and marketplace--Tim Kelly continues, in tightly packed and brilliantly constellated language and lines, to explore what it is to live an embodied life."
—Patricia Y. Ikeda

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