Poetry and Art by Kiley Lee, Part II

Featured Artist Kiley Lee shares the second part of her series of poetry and art, including a stunning visual poem.

I’ll Take It
I imagine, that in a digital world with augmented reality,
creation is inevitable. I long to feel the world within me. Instead, I’ll squeeze the earth my knees are planted on,
feel the cold softness, and cry into another dawn.
I imagine that the ground seems shifty now. Too old and sharp for perfection, but somehow also more solid, like you understand your place in the universe, a cord stretched tight and glowing with threatened softness.
I imagine, that discovery hurdles toward every moment that keeps your attention. The way joy tingles in bones and makes your stomach ache. I can almost feel it too. A soft heart lifted by someone who looks just like you.

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Kiley Lee On The Political Nature Of Poetry, And Finding Your Tribe

Animal Heart Press Assistant Editor Amanda McLeod talks with Featured Artist Kiley Lee on how our words can incite change, and finding your artistic tribe (among other things!).

Amanda McLeod: You’re very creative and engage in a lot of artmaking as well as poetry. Where do you find inspiration?

Kiley Lee: I like the idea of elevating wonder in the ordinary, so I try to think deeply about things that might be passed over or taken for granted. This could mean, being completely present and aware of my body and surroundings and translating that into some form of art, or replaying a conversation with a friend or family member in my head to remember the way the light fell on their face when we met for lunch. I try to listen completely, feel widely, and put it down on paper. Sometimes I use words. Sometimes I use paint or charcoal, but it’s always just me processing my existence. I’m always trying to see things more clearly.

AM: The first poem of yours I read was Burning Front Porch, Appalach…

Poetry and Photography by Featured Artist Kiley Lee

Featured Artist Kiley Lee works in many media and is a skilled photographer. Today she shares some of her stunning images alongside a selection of previously unpublished poetry.

The Significance of a Sunrise
I write to you from inside this midnight blue smell this midwinter snow
I saw my fetch and cried
I’m not even to midlife crisis! — then remembered the time
I stirred in milk and honey I looked for cardinals I watched it snow

I Moved Away to Love You
When your eyes were big    and even your wonder wondered    I’m glad I wasn’t there    The streets you’ll walk won’t echo my name    They’ll shine bright and new   Just for you     I hope I’ve come back to a new dawn       and that you find some part of me beautiful    Maybe you’ll twirl a pretty girl spin    round and around     and maybe you’ll feel like falling     but catch yourself before you hurt you or someone else    Because, trust me     getting up again is slower each time   What’s that poem about ragged claws and silent seas?…

Notecard Poetry - an interactive experience with Kiley Lee

Animal Heart Press is excited to present an interactive poetry experience with Featured Artist Kiley Lee!

Join us on Twitter for this poetry experiment. How it works:  Find the original thread here. Post a photograph or image you own (please, no plagiarism). Kiley will write a poetic response to your image!
The kicker: Kiley’s responses MUST fit on a notecard!
At the end of the week, we’ll showcase some of Kiley’s favourite poems (and the images that inspired them) on the blog.
What are you waiting for? Join the fun!

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Poetry And Art by Kiley Lee, Part I

Featured Artist Kiley Lee is an accomplished artist as well as poet, and works in a variety of media. Today she shares the first of a series of artworks and poetry.

The Sweet Singer (originally published in Marias at Sampaguitas)

O, David, give me your heart
Cut your hem of cloth
and break my leavened body
before the earth
Tempt me into transformation

Am I not the one you sing to?
I’ve heard your longing

I’ll write your verses in the night
if you come for me with your
miracles of wine and wonder

Can you see me from your window?
Do I remind you of God?

Save me from wicked hands
chained in gold and jewels
Hide me in your kingdom

Burning Front Porch Appalachia (originally published in Ghost City Press)

I saw a lightning bug flicker in a spider’s web
Twice it blinked, and twice again
The crickets kept selling their singing
They didn’t see
but I did

Cooling units beeped and hummed
Still you kept calling
Your blink shining brightly, then lulling
And even though I knew you were d…

Our next Featured Artist - introducing Kiley Lee!

Our next Featured Artist for April is poet and artist Kiley Lee!

Kiley Lee is an artist and writer from Almost Heaven, West Virginia. She lives with her husband, Toby, and her cat and dog, Charlie and Sadie, near the majestic Ohio River. Writing has always been an important part of her life, and she continues to learn and push the boundaries of her craft. She uses poetry as a way of reaching out to the souls of others, and fully believes in the power of art, regardless of the medium. Kiley also practices visual art. She invites viewers to fit the pieces together. She uses collage as a way to funnel the data she receives from living in a digital world, full of glitches and color, but refuses to give up her hands-on approach to making art. She loves the smell of paint and the tackiness of glue and enjoys mixing mediums whenever she can. She asks viewers to find the texture in existence. Kiley’s poems have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Ghost City Review, Marias at Sampaguitas, Mojave Heart…

Featured Artist Julie Anderson's Secrets And Lies Playlist

Many writers work to music; a song can make a memory more vivid, take you straight back to a particular time and place, or hit you with the intensity of an emotion you thought long past. On her final day as our Featured Artist, Julie Anderson shares some music with us.
While writing her debut collection, Secrets And Lies, Julie had these songs on high rotation. This playlist is the perfect accompaniment to reading Julie's book, and gives you even more insight into her poems. 

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