What is Ordinary Plots?

Ordinary Plots is a weekly newsletter that meditates on a single poem and reflects on how it is witnessing the world, the self, the soul, so much more.

Oft-discussed: grace, selfhood, wonder, bewilderment, mystery, hope, lack of hope, joy, lack of joy, sorrow, the present, the future, the past, trees, light, more light.

There is now a subscription feature that functions solely as a kind of “tip jar.” There are no special benefits to subscribing other than my appreciation. Free subscribers will still get every single newsletter in full. Click the little button below (I think!) to learn more.

Who am I?

My name is Devin Kelly. I’m a poet and writer and teacher.

You can find more of my work here.

Subscribe to Ordinary Plots: Meditations on Poems + Verse

Posting the occasional poem and the occasional meditation on that poem. Or, in other words: weekly essays on poetry and more.


Devin Kelly is a writer and teacher living in NYC. A winner of a Best of the Net Prize, his writing has appeared in Longreads, The Guardian, LitHub, and more.