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Kelli Stevens Kane
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About the Poet

Kelli Stevens Kane is a poet, playwright, and oral historian based in Pittsburgh, PA.

She's a Cave Canem Fellow, an August Wilson Center Fellow, and a three-time recipient of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

She's studied at VONA, Hurston/Wright, and Callaloo, and reads her poetry and oral history nationally.

For more information go to www.kellistevenskane.com

 


Spring 2016 »

what I had

what I had to have
what I had to have taken
what I had to have taken from me
what I had to have taken from me to feel
what I had to have taken from me to feel human
what I had to have taken from me to feel human was love

 

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Out of Body

I used to be able to leave here. .....................Kite.
Now sky hangs from a chair's shoulders.

You can have whatever you want--
searchlight on dark water, tap water

aching against the shut-off. I crave clay scraped
down the sculpture, the last pink of dusk.

Unzip the floor-length spine. Oolong.
Where would all these ladders. Spill.

 

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When The Tree Was Cut Down to Make Logs

long ago
a goddess
......dropped

a pebble
into wishful
......soup

rings rippled,
the moment
......froze

into silence,
a barked
......cylinder

our human
need to consume
......everything

the pond
of a tree
......even

 

 

Kelli Stevens Kane ~

 

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