Today's poem is "Little Wing"
from Five Kingdoms

Anhinga Press

Kelle Groom’s previous poetry collections are Underwater City (University of Florida, 2004), and Luckily, a Florida Book Award winner (Anhinga, 2006). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, DoubleTake, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Witness, among others. Groom's awards include fellowships and scholarships from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Other honors include grants from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, United Arts of Central Florida, Volusia County Cultural Council, and New Forms Florida. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has also been recognized as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. Her lyrical essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in Agni, Bloomsbury Review, Ploughshares, West Branch, and Witness, among others. She has taught writing at the University of Central Florida and is a contributing editor for The Florida Review.

Books by Kelle Groom:

Other poems on the web by Kelle Groom:
Five poems
Two poems
Two poems
Two poems
"Bird Town"
Three poems

About Five Kingdoms:

"Kelle Groom's poems are like underwater songs, sung from the submerged continent of the inner life, the life we don't often expose to the outer world, the one we don't speak of. They have the bemused slightly sad knowledge of lived life, but mainly, these poems come from the muse of soulfulness, they are 'tender-minded' — they balance honesty with perceptiveness of others, which is the true sign of tenderness. They are wry, artful, sad, loving, and moving. A true pleasure."
—Tony Hoagland

"Kelle Groom's new book, Five Kingdoms, attempts to categorize the world, make sense of its violence, loss, and beauty. Groom makes the unbearable bearable through lists, ekphrasis, wild associations, and ritual. Her poetry cross-references politics, biology, history, domesticity, and war. Her work glows with her spirit and intellect, explodes with joy and grief. Five Kingdoms sings with what it is to be human."
—Denise Duhamel

"Kelle Groom's beautiful poems are haunted by a rare intuition, a sense that things are more than what they appear."
—Malena Mörling

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