Books and Chapbooks


This collection is food and flowers, hunger and satiety, bloom and drought. It is my heart in a book. Order In the Meat Years here, or email me for a signed copy!

Kindra McDonald has given us a calendar as elemental as the very first one, 28 cuts nicked into bone. Poems move from winter to winter, tracked in flowers and fruit and the insects and birds of a garden “somewhere between jungle and Eden.” The natural world tells us what we need to know:  “I would build a nest of love, pull twigs from concern/pinecones out of worry.” And the body persists through trials of lust and childrearing, decline and death, the tale of lumps and teeth and blood and bone. “Hydrangeas” reminds us that sometimes love must be renewed at hazard: “I hopped from the car /at a perfectly timed red light, ran between intersections/to harvest the overflowing bushes, their blue a beacon of calm.” Close attention has been paid; the poems of In the Meat Years reward similar reading.


Valerie Nieman is the author of Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse

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This cover was entirely designed by my husband, Adam and is made of an image of his MRI from several years ago. To have him literally be a part of this collection which has been a decade in the making means the world to me.


This collection is space and childhood, changing technologies, evolution and impermanence and somewhere the hope that time can slow down and the heart can find its mate.  Order Fossils here!  Or email me for a signed copy!

With a lyrical heart and in near-conversational pace, Kindra McDonaldresurrects what is not quite buried but threatens to be: Fossils, a world quickly disappearing from the digital sphere. Yet, nothing that a word can re-affirm is ever extinct. With affection for the made object—a kitchen utensil, a torn page, a telephone or letter, paper dolls, napkins—McDonald turns periphery into centerpiece, and we wonder, with both longing and pleasure, how we could have missed so much detail, and the beauty in it, why we do not ourselves revolve around the thrush, the map, the wedding favor…  How grateful we must be for this poet whose reverence for reality turns our senses into avenues of grace.

–Sofia Starnes, Author of The Consequence of Moonlight and other works.


Lovers of words will be lovers, too, of Kindra M. McDonald’s premier poetry collection, Fossils, which attests in nearly every poem to the imaginative, constructive power of language. Here can be found such a wild profusion of things and the wiggly, oily words that accompany them — “Words swell in my head making houses / to dwell in,” the poem “Compound” tells us before warning, “There is always a lie in believe.” I knew an old woman who counseled that I should be wary of the things I read because, as she so quaintly said, “Paper will lie down for anyone.” For McDonald, paper sits, lies, rolls over, and begs, and I am here for all of it.

–Karen Craigo, author of Passing Through Humansville and No More Milk (Sundress, 2018 and 2016)


Kindra McDonald‘s FOSSILS invites and channels excavation, concentration, and playfulness.  It’s an inspiring collection of exacting poems, calling us to task.  May we be worthy of these unearthings.

–Renée Olander, author of American Backlash

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Many of the poems in Kindra McDonald’s “Elements & Briars” were written in response to the author’s close analysis and deconstruction of the stories contained in 1001 Arabian Nights. This chapbook is filled with powerful imagery – relationships, womanhood, motherhood, home and hearth – as well as social commentary, irony, sarcasm and well-crafted language.

-Sarah Hayes, Editor  Red Bird Chapbooks


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Concealed Weapons

In this deeply felt first collection, Kindra McDonald asks us to consider the great variety of unmeasured things nested inside a simple life. To read through these poems is to encounter the familiar at closer range, so we can see and experience anew what we might have overlooked before: whole schools of fish with holes in their lips/ bubbles rising from their hook-/ shaped hearts; the vividness of citrus, the brilliance of kerosene fires we light to match the stubbornness of things that take root and grow in our lives. Throughout, she asks how we might learn to forget the small bright cruelties of love, the jewels we once wore like fireflies on our fingers. How does one forgive the unforgivable? Kindra proposes a way to answer To find in each other the word/ star.

-Luisa A. Igloria, author of Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press)


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© 2018 by Kindra McDonald​

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