Although Anne didn’t start writing poetry until deep into middle age, she still finds it thrilling. Here are some samples of published and unpublished work.


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What people say:

“My heart nearly stopped every two poems. This is a piercingly focused work—one that is almost brutal in its intense beauty. While the poet’s personal circumstances may be singular, her themes are universal: the problematic love between mother and daughter; the hunger of longing; the quest we all undertake to come to terms with ourselves.  Anne Kaier writes with poignancy, sure-footedness, eloquence, and power.”

         -Richard Wertime, winner of the James A. Michener Memorial Prize

“Kaier takes us deep within the longing body—the body struggling to break through its carapace of loneliness, to come closer to touch, tenderness, or least flesh. These poems are bluntly erotic, violently lyrical, surreal, mesmerizing.”

        -Minnie Bruce Pratt, Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

My craft essay “River Creature” and three of my poems appear in this groundbreaking anthology. Available on Amazon and from Cinco Puntos Press: www.cincopuntos.com

What people say:

"One of the defining collections of the 21st century...the discourse between ability, identity & poetry will never be the same." -Ron Silliman, author of In The American Tree

“At last we have a disability poetry book worthy of the complexity and maturity of the field of disability studies.”

        -Lennard J. Davis, editor of The Disability Studies Reader

Reviews of Beauty is A Verb:


Jacket2: http://jacket2.org/commentary/beauty-verb-new-poetry-disability

Interview by the poet Rigoberto Gonzalez about Beauty is a Verb:  http://bookcritics.org/blog/archive/small-press-spotlight-beauty-is-a-verb-the-new-poetry-of-disability#.TueDAat3McY.twitter

Other poems:

Bone House:” http://referentialmagazine.org/anne-kaier-bone-house/

“Why should pain and fear buy heaven?” http://apiarymagazine.com/apiary-4/anne-kaier-so-why-do-pain-and-fear-buy-heaven/

“Touching Matisse in the Philadelphia Museum of Art”.  Rosemont College reading, February 19, 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ2zRDKtjyA

“Skull”: http://chax.org/eoagh/issue3/issuethree/kaier.html

Discussions about poetry: 

Dialogue on disability poetry with poets Kara Dorris (Elective Infinities), Rebecca Foust (Dark Card ), Laurie Clements Lambeth (Veil and Burn), and Liz Whiteacre: http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue19/interviews/dialogue.html