Kelly, Brigit Pegeen 1999

Wednesday, November 10, 1999
with Craig Arnold and Talvikki Ansel


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.

– Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “The Leaving”

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Listen to NPR‘s discussion of the poet finalists for the National Book Award in 2004, including Brigit Pegeen Kelly:

The bees came out of the junipers, two small swarms
The size of melons; and golden, too, like melons,
They hung next to each other, at the height of a deer’s breast
Above the wet black compost. And because
The light was very bright it was hard to see them,
And harder still to see what hung between them.

– Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “The Dragon”

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Listen to Brigit Pegeen Kelly read poems from her book, The Orchard, on The New York Times:

The New York Times > Books > Audio > A Poetry Reading by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

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