Kimberly Campanello


by Kimberly Campanello



Rothe House, Kilkenny

The people here

ate swans.

Bones with signs of roasting

were found in the dump

with broken pottery.


She’s standing naked

in the glass case

as though nothing happened.

We ask for the light

to be turned on.

Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and now divides her time between Dublin and London. Her first full-length collection Consent was published by Doire Press (Galway) in May 2013, and her pamphlet Spinning Cities was published by Wurm Press (Dublin) in 2011. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines in the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland, including 3:AM MagazineAbridged, filling Station, MsLexia,nthposition, Tears in the FencePenduline, The Penny Dreadful, and The Stinging Fly. She was selected to read for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2011 and recently performed at the Dublin Book Festival and the Maintenant Camarade Poetry Festival in London. Kimberly has taught Creative Writing at Florida Gulf Coast University, Middlesex University, and Big Smoke Writing Factory, and the Irish Writers’ Centre.