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Anatomy of a Mason Jar

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

First you were for cucumbers,
Bread and butter pickles I taught
Him to love, their yellow
Stain brightening egg salad.

Or was it beets, the obscene
Lolling eyeballs of earth. Red.
Your glass a lantern full
Of cloved, impossible sight.

It doesn’t matter. Rusted ring, lid lost,
You have outlasted better glasses
In the cabinet, crystal goblets,
Cheap tumblers, stately beer pints.

Our finest, my pride,
For serving guests wine despite
Hard water marks on your shoulders,
Mineral threads along your neck.

Humble belly of water, tattooed
Name in raised script, you are the vessel
At my bedside, the three a.m.
Wide mouth kiss against parched lips.

Settling back into the down,
When he hands you to me
In the prairie dark of dawn,
You are his clear promise.


Winter Solstice Live Radio Broadcast

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Please join Liquid Light Press poets M.D. Friedman, Rachel Kellum, Lynda La Rocca & Erika Moss Gordon this Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, on KFRC Radio’s Poetry Show (88.9 FM in Fort Collins, CO) or…

Stream live on the internet at:

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NFSPS Poetry Awards

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The National Federation of State Poetry Societies has announced the winners of its 2014 contests. I am pleased to learn that three of my poems were honored:

The Margo Award:
“Tiny Birds,” third place (out of 167 entries), forthcoming in the 2014 anthology, Encore.

NFSPS Founders Award:
And We Will Bloom,” 3rd Honorable Mention (out of 363 entries)

Peace Award:
Practicing English with Geshe-la,” 2nd Honorable Mention (out of 138 entries)

A complete list of all winners can be found here.

Write A Poem A Day
for National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

It’s my favorite month for so many reasons. Spring. My birthday. National Poetry Month. Last year was grueling writing a poem a day, but I’ve committed to trying again. I think I missed a couple days last April when I fell in love. Still in love. Still writing.


KDNK Carbondale Radio Features Poets
of the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

A posse of poets—Eric Walter, accompanied on guitar by his gifted son, Jacob, Stewart Warren and I—joined Kim Nuzzo of the Aspen Poets Society on KDNK to promote the third annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival at the Thunder River Theatre. What a great time we had sharing our poems and putting out the good word!

To listen to the show, check out Poets March 29, 2013.

While I’m at it, here is a sweet review of the festival worth checking out by Art Goodtimes.

In The Nervous Breakdown

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

The Nervous Breakdown recently featured my poem, “Waking into Sleep, Take Your Waking Slow,” as well as a self-interview.

The Book

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Rachel Kellum’s first chapbook, ah, is now available at Liquid Light Press.


What others are saying about ah:

“With lush language and vivid lyric, Rachel Kellum explores the many folds of silence—such sweet paradox! These are poems that open us, creating whole meadows in the mind. Intuitive, vulnerable, and surprisingly funny, ah invites us to slough our own layers and lean into quietude.” 

~Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, author of The Miracle Already Happening and Holding Three Things at Once and Poet Laureate of San Miguel County, Colorado (2007-2011)


“Rachel Kellum’s volume, ah, embodies precisely what its title promises. In these poems the author plays words against silence not only in sense, as emphasized by the very first poem “Where Words Wait,” but also in sound. She works in phrases that seem carefully measured for the breath, and which both connect to and depart from preceding phrases in a way that left me catching my breath. The poems compel the reader to seek an unlashing of the mind from superficial concerns, and to enjoy the resulting excursions, accepting the awkwardness when you return to focus on the corporeal, as in “Waking Into Sleep, Take Your Waking Slow.” The poems are airy and playful, supporting the relaxation they propose. Though these poems emerged from a particular year’s Buddhist meditation practice, they are commended by the author in the afterword not only to “Buddhist practitioners, but also anyone interested in engaging with the rich space of their own awareness.” Indeed the spiritual message in these poems is quite subtle and accessible, with the exception of “Sutra For Poets Who Would Be Buddhas,” where the author clearly had to get a few matters off her chest in order to ease back into the breathing. Even this brief turn in tone underscores the honesty of the collection overall. There are a few places in the poems where my ear was brought out of its ease by choices in word or phrase, but such is the effect of the whole that even such minor technical objections did not prevent my enjoyment of this volume, did not shatter the promised ah!” 

~Uche Ogbuji, poetry editor of The Nervous Breakdown


“Rachel Kellum is a fine poet. Her lines dazzle, racing quicksilver across the page. But this book is less about craft’s elegant spigot and more the slow burn of shared realizations. From deep in her practice, Kellum’s poems walk barefoot over perfection’s hot embers, igniting the lyric kindling in us.” 

~ Art Goodtimes, Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope


“In this beautiful group of poems, Rachel Kellum becomes her meditation practice lab. She allows herself to feel vulnerable, and undo many of the usual modes of thinking. In fact, she connects, through the wonderful Bonpo Dzogchen teachings from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, to her inner space, struggling with silence and the expressions of sound and words that manifest from it, and allows these writings to come as metaphors of her meditation experience. Sometimes she finds herself shining, other times entangled with her own words and thoughts. An honest account of her meditation practice, especially when she can look without bias between breaths. Among Rachel’s many wonderful words, I stay with these: Dry your tears. It isn’t in books. It is you. Sit….Then you become the sky book you read.” 

~Alejandro Chaoul, author, international meditation instructor, Director of Research at Ligmincha Institute

Featured Poet at Talking Gourds and Poet’s Co-p TV

Saturday, June 9th, 2012


At Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado:

Interview with Rachel Kellum by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Art Goodtimes

Open Mic and Reading by Rachel Kellum

Also, catch a clip of Rachel’s April 2012 performance on Poets' Co-op TV



in Lush

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Two of my poems, “Reverie in Green” and “If we forget there is work to be done”, are now featured in a new book by Rufous Press: Lush.

I’m particularly happy that a few poems by my friend and fellow Coloradoan, Cameron Scott, also live in these pages. Check him out.

“A diverse collection of contemporary poetry and prose from around the globe, Lush is a compact volume of emotive, fluid, and genuine modern day verse. This joyful selection of warm weather meanderings will speak to even the most casual consumer of poetic wordplay.” -A.g. Synclair, Editor & Publisher of The Montucky Review

“Lush is an exquisite collection, brimming with the palatial richness of summer’s luster. Like watching August light reveal the veins in shady leaves, the pieces in Lush remind us that this season of warmth is also meta-palace of memory where the scent of clover can unveil a forgotten moment or shadows on water can stir a desire long hidden within. Once again, Rufous Press has produced a thoughtful and exciting compilation of new voices.” -Megan Duffy, Editor of The Meadowland Review

“The poetry and prose in Lush span an arc of joy–rough and delicate, lasting and immediate.” -Kathleen Maher