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Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Brigit Pegeen Kelly won success early in her career when To the Place of Trumpets was chosen by James Merrill for the Yale Younger Poets series in 1987. Her second book, Song (1995) won the Lamont Poetry Prize and The Orchard, her latest,

Sheet Music
by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

If you cannot trust the dog, the faithful one?
And is this anyway a dog? The shadows move,
Dog and dog, two lanky figures, three, sniffing
The garden’s charred terrain, the darkening grass

The bleeding beds of flowers, sniffing the stones
And lunging at the rabbits that spring from the beds,
Wet creatures, mad with haste, mad and wet