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Song & The Orchard
Brigit Pegeen Kelly creates a magical landscape of sound-patterns, myths and surreal encounters, celebrating the mystery and surprise of creation. She is one of the best-loved poets writing in the United States today, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.
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Aug 28, 2017 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a bad night’s sleep heightens my receptivity. Often it doesn’t, but sometimes it temporarily loosens constraints on awareness, and with my mind too tired to chase down thoughts I find myself in a great big lively mental place. I’m not in that great mental place now, but this morning for maybe thirty minutes I was, and something led my passive self to pull this collection of Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s poems off the shelf, open it randomly, and begin reading. I read Three Cows and the Moon th ...more
I very, very rarely award five stars to books by non-canonical, contemporary writers. But Brigit Pegeen Kelly is an exception: as John Ashbery said of Elizabeth Bishop, Kelly is a "poet's poet's poet." The two volumes collected here, and the work they represent, are still underknown in the US, but they are works of genius to which British readers should consider themselves wildly lucky to be introduced. "Dead Doe," "The Dragon," and "Rose of Sharon," recently reprinted in the spring issue of *Am ...more