Ardor

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“In Ardor, Tina Kelley crafts nineteen love poems to the world, celebrating the details of the daily—a new garden, town names on an atlas, the sound of swallowing. She pays close attention to language, writing an ode to the preposition “of” and trying to find the word for “the look a woman / gives a man 20 years younger before she realizes she’s / 20 years older.” With tenderness and humor, she remembers pregnant friends, sick friends, quirky godmothers. Something new unfolds in these poems of praise every time one returns to them.”

 

— Zeina Hashem Beck