Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryJune 12, 2023 |

Ars Poetica

The Kenyon Review · Ars Poetica After I fell, twitching on the wood floor next to the cat dish, I felt my face sculpting into expressions as though rough hands pressed into my cheeks, twisting my neck to the left, and I was all material, and I wished someone would remake me. After, I dreamed I tried stepping into the East River on a metal plank bridging the banks submerged just beyond sight under the green water. And I slipped off the side when I noticed the light curling in the waves like little threads pulling up. A group of tourists stood behind me, my brain inventing this audience. How many people do you need to maintain an experience? “Do you ever feel like you’ve been somewhere before? Like you’re in a memory?” the doctor asked me. Like a vessel — a blue hole, an oven-warmed bowl, or the boundary of the solar wind’s bubble? Do I return & return like generations of little fish to a cave, to spots of time that flash back at you like sun leaving a mirr

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Tyler Mills (she/her) is the author of City Scattered (Tupelo Press, 2022), winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award; Hawk Parable (University of Akron Press, 2019), winner of the Akron Poetry Prize; Tongue Lyre (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; and coauthor with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions, 2021), winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Prize. Her memoir, The Bomb Cloud, received a literature grant from the Café Royal Foundation NYC and is forthcoming from Unbound Edition Press in 2024. Mills lived and taught in New Mexico four years, most recently serving as the Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar for the Doel Reed Center in Taos, and now teaches for the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She lives in Brooklyn.

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