The Keys to the Jail: American Poets Continuum, cartea 142

Autor Keetje Kuipers
en Limba Engleză Paperback – apr 2014
The Keys to the Jail asks the question of who is to blame for all we’ve lost, calling us to reexamine the harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, even our own voracious desires. Keetje Kuipers is a poet of daring leaps and unflinching observations, whose richly textured lyrics travel from Montana’s great wildernesses to the ocean-fogged streets of San Francisco as they search out the heart that’s lost its way.

Dolores Park

In the flattening California dusk,
women gather under palms with their bags

of bottles and cans. The grass is feathered
with the trash of the day, paper napkins

blowing across the legs of those who still
drown on a patchwork of blankets. Shirtless

in the phosphorescent gloom of streetlamps,
they lie suspended. This is my one good

life—watching the exchange of embraces,
counting the faces assembled outside

the ice-cream shop, sweet tinge of urine by
the bridge above the tracks, broken bike lock

of the gay couple’s hands, desperate clapping
of dark pigeons—who will take it from me?

A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, Keetje Kuipers's debut collection, Beautiful in the Mouth, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. She has been the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, and is currently an assistant professor at Auburn University.

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ISBN-13: 9781938160264
ISBN-10: 1938160266
Pagini: 92
Dimensiuni: 152 x 226 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Editura: BOA Editions
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One of Library Journal's "Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014"

“Keetje Kuipers' poems are daring, formally beautiful and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas.” —Tracy K. Smith

“Quietly ferocious, The Keys to the Jail is full of love and after-love poems that come clad with ‘bell[ies] of rusted steel.’ These poems are not afraid to feel, not afraid of desire or beauty or the inevitability of their respective undoings, not afraid ‘to eat the filter on the cigarette.’ Yet there is such generosity here in the ‘repenned’ landscape – out among the wolves and ghosts, the rodeo queens and Dairy Queens –that we are allowed to glean from hunger, a form of contentment, and still welcome the cavernous desire for more.” —Elyse Fenton

“In these poems, longing is only shaped like emptiness, but really is filled with everything one might reach toward or put their mouth to as they sate themselves on desire. The Keys to the Jail are what they promise to be, an opening of the dark rooms within us, not to escape but to enter, to let the eyes adjust and learn to see what bright wants exist there.” —Natalie Diaz

“As a whole, the poems in The Keys to the Jail are bittersweet and tenderly defiant. As art, these poems both estrange and fulfill us. They leave us aching with the desire to overcome the want and sadness of the darker aspects of existence.” -The Journal

“Kuipers is a keeper … Readers will feel the impassioned yet controlled energy that is lifted from these poems; fearless and possessing a precise sense of timing, ­Kuipers’s work keeps us reading.” -The Library Journal

Her poems about love between women can be her strongest, and her identities complex … her sense of place serves her sense of how people behave. Fans of Mark Doty, or of Eavan Boland will find a lot here to like, especially once they get past the predictable breakup poems, into the verse about self-discovery, lust pursued or affection found, where the poet exclaims, ‘hope is the saddest/ secret of all: Please, be wild for me.’”-Publishers Weekly

Notă biografică

Keetje Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon. She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including those from the Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Oregon Literary Arts.

In 2007 Keetje completed her tenure as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, which provided her with seven months of solitude in Oregon's Rogue River Valley. She used her time there to complete work on her book, Beautiful in the Mouth, which was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was published in 2010 by BOA Editions. It contains poems previously published in Prairie Schooner, West Branch, Willow Springs, and AGNI, among others. You can also listen to her read her work—which has been nominated seven years in a row for the Pushcart Prize—at the online audio archive From the Fishouse. Keetje’s second book, The Keys to the Jail, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in the spring of 2014, and contains poems previously published in American Poetry Review, Jubilat, and the Indiana Review.

Keetje was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 2009-2011, and she was the Emerging Writing Lecturer at Gettysburg College from 2011-2012. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University where she lives with her family and their dog, Bishop (named after Elizabeth, of course).



Goodbye Is Forever

Another Time, Another Place 1
Wolf Season2
Our Last Vacation3
If One of Us Can¿t Live Like This4
In a Sentimental Mood5
Lover Long Gone6
Dear John Letter, Never Sent7
Stowaway Future8

Thief, Thief

The Extinct10
Sometimes a Season Changes Overnight11
Just Outside12
Getting Over the Future15
What I Thought Then16
Traces of the Imperfectly Erased17
In Medias Res18
Warning Posted at the Marin Headlands:
People Have Been Swept from the Cliffs and Drowned19
All the Rivers in the World20
The Open Spaces

A Year of Rain

The Keys to the Jail22
Birthday Poem23
Letter to an Inmate in Solitary Confinement24
The Ocean26
The Loneliness29
Too Many Bridges30
Please Check Under the Bed32
Bees, And Other Dead Things Found in Winter33
Every Bright Thing34

Five Women Ending in a Flower

I. The Girl37
II. The Older Woman39
III. The Whore40
IV. The Femme42
V. The Wife44

Poison on the Street

Dog Gun Lake47
Speaking as the Male Poet48
For All the Dead Lovelies49
I Will Away50
The Oar51
Sick Days54
Perfect Crime55
I Wasn¿t Searching for a New Language, But a New Meaning56

Some Advice

At the Museum of Modern Art58
Cold Comfort in October59
Some Advice for Both of Us61
Applied Science62
Dolores Park63
The Doctor64
The Story66
Something with a Heart in It68
A Beautiful Night for the Rodeo69
Jonathan Plays in the Key of E70


This highly anticipated second collection boldly addresses female anger, reaching beyond traditional roles for a new place in the world.