“A superb introduction to a poet we’ll be hearing a lot from.” 

DAVID LEHMAN,
BEST AMERICAN POETRY

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“Tight stanzas as precise as a gun... Kelly illuminates the true weight of companionship.”

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When the Men Go Off to War: Poems by Victoria Kelly

Collecting the nationally-recognized poems of Victoria Kelly, When the Men Go Off to War captures the hopes, anxieties, and intimacies of the military spouse during a time of war. Written over the course of her husband's deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, these haunting poems span vast geographical distances and generations, moving between the literal and the fanciful to find community in the midst of isolation. Kelly blends lyric and narrative elements to evoke themes of loneliness and human fragility with keen insight. But ultimately, When the Men Go Off to War is a heartrending ode to enduring romance and the reclamation of a marriage tested by loss and separation.

“Tight stanzas as precise as a gun... Kelly illuminates the true weight of companionship.”

COAL HILL REVIEW

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“Superb... A poet we’ll be hearing a lot from.”   –DAVID LEHMAN

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When The Men Go Off to War Book Cover

When the Men Go Off to War: Poems by Victoria Kelly

Collecting the nationally-recognized poems of Victoria Kelly, When the Men Go Off to War captures the hopes, anxieties, and intimacies of the military spouse during a time of war. Written over the course of her husband's deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, these haunting poems span vast geographical distances and generations, moving between the literal and the fanciful to find community in the midst of isolation. Kelly blends lyric and narrative elements to evoke themes of loneliness and human fragility with keen insight. But ultimately, When the Men Go Off to War is a heartrending ode to enduring romance and the reclamation of a marriage tested by loss and separation.

“Tight stanzas as precise as a gun... Kelly illuminates the true weight of companionship.”

COAL HILL REVIEW

“Meticulously crafted [and] highly readable ... I've been moved and transformed by her remarkable verse. One of the finest first collections I’ve read in the last decade.”

DICK ALLEN, FORMER CONNECTICUT POET LAUREATE

“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

“Place of memory play central roles [in this collection that has] received widespread critical acclaim.”

HUFF POST

“A beautifully written book, quiet, spare, and moving.”

DORIANNE LAUX, FINALIST FOR 2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY

“At once beautiful and tragic and always real.”

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Watch the MOTION POEMS animated video for “When the Men Go Off to War”