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James Kelly Quigley

Bad Leg

the koi in the koi pond

are not to be trifled with


if there were no koi

in this koi pond


I couldn’t fathom

meeting you later for quiche


dragging the bad leg

of my heart behind me

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James Kelly Quigley is the author of Aloneness, a strictly samizdat chapbook hand-bound in Brooklyn by Umpteen Triangles. Named among the "30 Below 30" list by Narrative Magazine, James has won the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and been recognized with several Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominations. His manuscript Grand Blue Gown was a finalist for the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry (2022), as well as a semi-finalist for the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize (2022). Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, American Chordata, The Los Angeles Review, Electric Literature, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, and other places.

Bear Review


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