Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1991 |

Dead Doe: I

                        for Huck The doe lay dead on her back in a field of asters: no. The doe lay dead on her back beside the school bus stop: yes. Where we waited. Her belly white as a cut pear. Where we waited: no: off from where we waited: yes: at a distance: making a distancewe kept, as we kept her dead run in sight, that we might see if she chose to go skyward;that we might run, too, turn tail if she came nearand troubled our fear with presence: with ghostly blossoming: with the   fountain's                      unstoppable blossoming            and the black stain the algae makes when the water                              stays near. We can take the gilt-edged strolling of the clouds: yes.But the risen from the dead: no! The haloey trouble shooting of the goldfinches in the bush:

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Brigit Pegeen Kelly was the author of The Orchard (American Poets Continuum, 2004), Song (BOA Editions, 1995), which was the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets, and To The Place of Trumpets (1987), which was selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals, including Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and Yale Review, and her work was chosen for the 1993 and 1994 volumes of The Best American Poetry.

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