Other literary forms
Although Robert Kelly is known primarily for his poetry, it is his fiction that has generated the most enthusiastic reviews. The fiction consists of one novel, The Scorpions (1967), a fanciful travelogue, Cities (1971), and several collections of stories, including A Transparent Tree (1985), Doctor of Silence (1988), Cat Scratch Fever (1990), Queen of Terrors (1994), and The Logic of the World, and Other Fictions (2010). Kelly has consented to many published interviews, has written prefaces for several books by other authors, and has contributed occasional statements on film, poetry, and related topics since the early 1960’s. One collection of such writings, In Time, was published in 1971; this book has taken its place as the most significant summation of Kelly’s poetics.