Today's poem is "First Acts"
from O, HEART

Barrow Street Press

Claudia Keelan is the author of six collections of poetry, including O, HEART (Barrow Street Press, 2014), MISSING HER (New Issues Press, 2009), The Secularist (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), and Utopic (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2001). A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2015. Ecstatic Émigré, essays written for The American Poetry Review, is still underway. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Other poems by Claudia Keelan in Verse Daily:
October 6, 2009:   "Little Elegy (1977-1991)" "The world was strong..."

Books by Claudia Keelan:

Other poems on the web by Claudia Keelan:
Four poems
"Are You Anyone"
Four poems
"Au Revoir"
"Everybody's Autobiography"
"Again, From the Beginning"
Four poems
Two poems

Claudia Keelan According to Wikipedia.

About O, HEART:

"At the center of this fabulous tale of the human heart a tale at once historical, scientific, musical, literary is a wrenched lyric cry, the cry of a particular woman in a particular place, the place uncharted, the woman floating between the remembered ecstasies of youth and the unforeseen rigors of age: I break my heart all by myself. Like the tutelary spirits she conjures Bronte, Dickinson, Bowles Claudia Keelan prefers the heart broken, and the extravagant, multi-voiced drama of O, HEART is itself the evidence that, once broken, the heart is never alone."
—James Longenbach

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