Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of The Renunciations and Bestiary, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston / Wright Legacy Award, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, a founding member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, and an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.


Your name, a fold creased / into my tongue—what followed, / naturally, I love you.


I practice one leaving each season.
This morning before dawn, my bag in hand, . . .