grew up in Cleveland and contemplated careers in medicine
and rock music before settling on his double vocation as
poet and physical therapist, based in Olympia, Washington.
He writes about his work, his family, his memories of growing
up, and the natural area in which he lives and often hikes.
The human body, in all its manifestations and meanings,
forms the natural center of his poetic vision.
"Stronger is one of the strongest things I've read
in ages. Timothy Kelly writes poems rich with music,
intelligence and compassion. They make great moves, which
should be no surprise, since they often rise from the
deep terrain of the physical form, the body, into all
the layerings and elevations of thought and existence."
"Tim Kelly's poems inhabit our hearts and minds,
our spines and pelvises."
From pitch changes carried the mile
over rooftops from the freeway, from
the hiss of the willow sketching arabesques
in wind, from the cadence of the ballgame
on the neighbor's TV, from the epileptic
down in the drugstore when I was 10,
eyes wide, jerking, as if sneezing
or trying to speak, from lawnmowers Saturdays,
from starlings plied into the eaves, from
the hard thump of bass throbbing pickups
at stopsigns, from the throttled-up lilac two
blocks away, from the stoop, at dusk, dimly,
from the sounds of the furnace starting and stopping,
from the roar of the skillet when garlic's
tossed in, from my children, their breathing,
from the air, sleep, from nothing.
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