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Deep City

by Megan Kaminski



About the Author

Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist, and the author of two previous books of poetry, Desiring Map and Deep City. An Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Kansas, she teaches in the MFA and PhD Creative Writing program and is a Co-Director of the KU Global Grasslands CoLABorative. She is also the founder and curator of the Ad Astra Writing Project.

Deep City


In Deep City Megan Kaminski continues her role as cartographer of desire, of longings both “feudal,” futile, and refined. Her delicate poems loiter at the intersection of bodies and letters (both alphabetic and epistolary), where objects and imagination collude. Kaminski’s poems beautifully illustrate how our sense perceptions insistently puncture through even the most rational arrangement. Deep City—not so much a place as a literary pleasure.

Jennifer Moxle

She writes, “what if I split it open / melon ripe and red / let them all out” but there is no “what if” about it as these beautiful poems dispatch us around the world where everyone awaits. The vivid reimagined anatomy of the page in Megan Kaminski’s brilliant Deep City is host to the unexpected “slide from languid to louche” listening with our enthusiastic ears. You will be wild about this book with me!

C. A. Conrad

Author of Ecodeviance