NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Brightest Rock: Poems by Kelly Lenox

Word Tech Editions
$19.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-625492241
March, 2017
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"Kelly Lenox's brave, beautiful book is full of wonders—a heart made of soapstone, a bungee cord freefall, hope itself outfitted with talons. What a rare and lovely thing to dive deeper into the mysterious essence of a woman's being in poem after poem, finding within her own meditations the greatest gifts that poetry can give us, that she gives us—awe, humor, and wisdom in the natural splendor all around us. And The Brightest Rock is a splendor itself, deserving front and center standing on anyone's bookshelf."
—Robert Vivian

The Brightest Rock is struck through with deep veins of ore, poems that reach back into time and reveal again how hard it is to be human.”
—Dorianne Laux

“Kelly Lenox observes that ‘The bird in the sycamore / still doesn’t know / it’s asking the wrong question,’ and indeed that question is behind all these poems, which keep probing the essential questions of our lives. It is not the philosophy, but the quiet and impeccable skill through which she guides us that makes this book so good. There won’t be any easy answers here because this is a real poet whose powers are everywhere in evidence as she negotiates a ‘Slippery World.’ If you want real poetry, this is it.”
—Richard Jackson

This collection finds resonance within the natural world for a life undergoing a tectonic shift. These poems face the void without flinching, and without losing hope.

Kelly Lenox ( is the author of The Brightest Rock, 2017. Her poems, translations, and prose appear in Soundings Review, American Journal of Nursing, Faultline, The Wide Shore, Still: The Journal, Summerset Review, Raven Chronicles, Poet Lore, RHINO, Hubbub, Stony Thursday Book (Limerick, Ireland), and elsewhere. Translations also appear in Voice in the Body (Ljubljana: Litterae Slovenicae, 2006), Six Slovenian Poets (Lancaster, UK: Arc Publications, 2006), and a chapbook, Chasms, by Barbara Korun (PM Books: 2003). She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a science writer and editor for the National Institutes of Health.

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