This Is Fifty-three

THIS IS FIFTY-THREE is Kevin J. O’Conner’s seventh collection of poems—and his most ambitious to date. This is not your typical poetry collection; it is an exploration of living with uncertainty at a time when we’d expect most of life’s big questions to have been already answered. More
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About Kevin J. O'Conner

Kevin J. O’Conner is not your typical poet.

After 30 years of writing only sporadically, Kevin J. O’Conner returned to poetry in 2013—first as a creative exercise, then for the therapeutic benefits. Since 2015, he writes every day, exploring the craft of poetry through monthly writing challenges—‘my ongoing effort to write something that doesn’t sound like something I would write’, he says. Kevin’s poems explore isolation, memory, life’s small moments, and the experience of starting over at ‘a certain age’—always with an emphasis on straightforward expression.

To date, Kevin has published eleven poetry collections, the latest of which is WISHES SOMETIMES HAVE CONSEQUENCES (available only in print so far). His poems have also appeared in Raven Chronicles, Spindrift, The CDC Poetry Project, Lament for the Dead, and three editions of THE POETRY MARATHON ANTHOLOGY, the anthology VOICES THAT MATTER, and as part of the Clay? VI (2016) exhibit at Kirkland Arts Center.

In the midst of the pandemic, when not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending the occasional online open-mic reading, catching up on favorite movies, and contemplating variations on his personal menu so that he doesn't get tired of the things he likes to cook. He lives in Bellingham.

(updated 19 December 2020)

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