The poems in The Keep are influenced by art, by paintings, by ""thinking about abstraction and figuration and the space between, beauty apprehended and lost, the divine apprehended and lost."" Emily Wilson's poems are also saturated with nature; from ""the great oaks emptying, russet, gusseted"" to ""the caribou moving through us beyond numerous,"" each image connects the natural world of tides and marshes and forests to the human world of documentation and preservation. The image of the keep as a place of safety and as a kind of prison also informs this very strong collection.
Emily Wilson lives in Portland, Maine, where she is the proprietor of the Spurwink Press, which publishes letterpress editions of poetry books; she graduated from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1999. The Keep is her first book.