The Keys to the Jail

The Keys to the Jail

by Keetje Kuipers


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ISBN-13: 9781938160264
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: American Poets Continuum Series
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Goodbye Is Forever

Another Time, Another Place 13

Wolf Season 14

Our Last Vacation 15

If One of Us Can't Live Like This 16

In a Sentimental Mood 17

Lover Long Gone 18

Dear John Letter, Never Sent 19

Stowaway Future 20

Thief, Thief

The Extinct 23

Sometimes a Season Changes Overnight 24

Just Outside 25

Brotherhood 26

Getting Over the Future 27

What I Thought Then 28

Traces of the Imperfectly Erased 29

In Medias Res 30

Warning Posted at the Marin Headlands: People Have Been Swept from the Cliffs and Drowned 31

All the Rivers in the World 32

The Open Spaces 33

A Year of Rain

The Keys to the Jail 37

Birthday Poem 38

Letter to an Inmate in Solitary Confinement 39

The Ocean 40

Melancholy 41

The Loneliness 42

Too Many Bridges 43

Overwinter 44

Please Check Under the Bed 45

Bees, And Other Dead Things Found in Winter 46

Every Bright Thing 47

Drought 48

Five Women Ending in a Flower

I The Girl 51

II The Older Woman 53

III The Whore 54

IV The Femme 55

V The Wife 56

Poison on the Street

Doe Gun Lake 59

Speaking as the Male Poet 60

For All the Dead Lovelies 61

I Will Away 62

The Oar 63

Abstinence 64

Sick Days 65

Perfect Crime 66

I Wasn't Searching for a New Language, But a New Meaning 67

Some Advice

At the Museum of Modern Art 71

Cold Comfort in October 72

Entreaty 73

Some Advice for Both of Us 74

Applied Science 75

Dolores Park 76

The Doctor 77

The Story 78

Ought 79

Something with a Heart in It 80

A Beautiful Night for the Rodeo 81

Jonathan Plays in the Key of E 82

Acknowledgments 84

About the Author 87

Colophon 92

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