Kelly Grace Thomas


Kelly Grace Thomas (1981-present) is an American poet and educator. Originally from New Jersey and currently residing in the Bay Area, California, Thomas is the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit– Words Ignite and co-authored the textbook Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry. She is the recipient of the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and her debut collection Boat Burned is set to be released in December 2019. Source

And the Women Said

And the women said watch as men call us lottery tickets

watch as they cash register us into gamble into played

out combinations of sweaty bills and pocket want

watch as they lick their lips for that better life

watch as they pout, when we don’t pay out.

When the bling of our breasts don’t make them

cheshire cat the same. When we got our own debts

that gotta be paid, to mirrors, to mommas, to the way our hearts

traffic light in the closet after we sold ourselves



And the women said feel the way we became campfire

how we ghost storied into this dangerous beauty.

How them men can’t scrub out our smoke, how our blue learned

to burn slow, standstill like the moment between beggin and maybe.

Feel the way we soil into shovel, how we let ourselves be held even

after a matchbox tongue misspoke of our flames, even after we told flint,

you don’t live here no more. The women said feel how we are not open

fields waiting for their strike. They cannot not bury us

deep, call us things of war and be surprised

when we land mine.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Body & Body Image


Strength & Resilience

Literary Devices:


an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times