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

Song

Listen: there was a goat's head hanging by ropes in a tree.
All night it hung there and sang. And those who heard it
Felt a hurt in their hearts and thought they were hearing
The song of a night bird. They sat up in their beds, and then
They lay back down again. In the night wind, the goat's head
Swayed back and forth, and from far off it shone faintly
The way the moonlight shone on the train track miles away
Beside which the goat's headless body lay. Some boys
Had hacked its head off. It was harder work than they had imagined.
The goat cried like a man and struggled...

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