“This is a truly superb first book—meticulously crafted, highly readable… One of the finest first collections of poems I’ve read in the last decade.

—Dick Allen, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, 2010-15

“With a remarkable generosity of spirit and poignant insight, Victoria Kelly captures the rhythms of everyday life for America’s military spouses and families.  She takes us, moment by moment, into their worlds, and we leave her poems wiser and stronger.”

Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL, New York Times bestselling author of Resilience

“A poet’s tribute to the men and women who suffer not only the trials of war, but the desperation of war time…A beautifully written book, quiet, spare, and moving.”

—Dorianne Laux, author of Facts about the Moon

“Ms. Kelly shows that ingenuity and deep feeling are not incompatible… A superb introduction to a poet we’ll be hearing a lot from.”

David Lehman, editor, The Best American Poetry series

Kelly joins the small company of wives who are writing about the experience of being married to the military, not as materials for self-help books or how-to manual but as subjects for literature… Provocative… An engaging read.”

Jehanne Dubrow, author of Stateside and The Arranged Marriage 

“Weaves history and present day in a way that goes beyond the military family experience… Each extraordinary poem remains etched in the brain long after the last page has been turned.”

Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone



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