“My Sister, My Secretary” from Rings
by Jasmine Dreame Wagner

This month, we are proud to release Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, the winner of the 2014 Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Contest. Praise for Rings from contest judge Elizabeth Robinson:

Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Rings spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It’s not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. The poet asks, “And what drives/us to make love//or anything, really?” Her response: “We know the mystery//of memory is not concealed/in the higher animal (it is concealed/in the route) . . . .” Welcome to the animate labyrinth.

Rings is now available for immediate shipment and can be purchased directly through our website. Booksellers may order the title through our distributor.


“My Sister, My Secretary”


(My sister, my secretary,

my Sony,

my Steinway,

Because I love you I

save you

the best part of the animal

Because I love you I

save you

the best part of the vegetable

Because I love you I

cut you

the biggest slice of pie

the crisp

foot of the loaf because

you love

to chew and chew Because

you love

me I save you the magazines


you love to clip them and

so do I

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is the author of Rings (Kelsey Street Press, 2014), Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013) and Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain Journal and Press, 2012). Her writing has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, NANO Fiction, New American Writing, Seattle Review, Verse, and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Books,2009). A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Montana, Jasmine has received grants and fellowships from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Summer Literary Seminars–Kenya, and The Wassaic Project. She teaches creative writing at Western Connecticut State University.

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