. . . the same prayers of broken mothers
still float from this fragile earth. . . .
~ Victoria Kelly_____________________________
Quoted from "The Prayer Flag" in Victoria Kelly's When the Men Go Off to War (Naval Institute Press, 2015) (I highly recommend this collection.)
Victoria Kelly, Poet and Fiction Writer, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia)
Kelly also is the author of Prayers of an American Wife (Autumn House Press, 2013), which was a winner of a Coal Hill Chapbook Contest (2012), and the forthcoming novel Mrs. Houdini (Atria Books, 2106). She has published poems in numerous literary journals and periodicals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, and Verse Daily.
Read Kelly's "When the Men Go Off to War" (Verse Daily) and "Standing on the Airfield, Before War" (The Pedestal). Also watch a filmed version of "When the Men Go Off to War" at Motionpoems.
Read David Lehman's post "Kudos for Victoria Kelly" at The Best American Poetry blog (September 15, 2015).