The Story| Keetje Kuipers


I t was the kiln-fired season:
you spread seed catalogues on

 the bed and dreamed of colors.
When people began to open

 their windows at night, certain
numbers became possible:

 the days, weeks, months of your
happiness. This is how you’ve

 earned your hope: the birds
on the phone lines gather-

 and-go, gather-and-go,
shedding the darkness with each

shake of their wings. And you
count them, the number a temple.



Keetje Kuiper

Keetje Kuipers has been the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. Her first book, Beautiful in the Mouth, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize from BOA Editions and was published in 2010. Her second book, The Keys to the Jail, is forthcoming in 2014. Keetje is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.


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