Brigit Pegeen Kelly


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  • Lori Boulard (11/14/2007 4:42:00 PM)

    Brigit Pegeen Kelly's work is always accompanied by the disclaimer, 'more suitable for advanced readers, ' which is a shame. Any poet interested in seeing just how deep the water gets should jump right in and swim around. Yes, the language and diction is often formal and academic, but hey, if we have anything to learn, why not learn from the best?

  • Lamont Palmer (2/20/2006 8:27:00 PM)

    Ms Kelly is one of the most beautiful poets writing in this new century. She was shortlistded for the Pulitzer in 2005, losing to Ted Kooser, a far lesser poet in my opinion, but she'll get her prize within the next 10 years for sure.

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Best Poem of Brigit Pegeen Kelly

The Leaving

My father said I could not do it,
but all night I picked the peaches.
The orchard was still, the canals ran steadily.
I was a girl then, my chest its own walled garden.
How many ladders to gather an orchard?
I had only one and a long patience with lit hands
and the looking of the stars which moved right through me
the way the water moved through the canals with a voice
that seemed to speak of this moonless gathering
and those who had gathered before me.
I put the peaches in the pond's cold water,
all night up the ladder and down, all night my hands
twisting ...

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