The Orchard Picked Over by M.R.B. Chelko: A poetry recording

M.R.B. Chelko’s poem “The Orchard Picked Over” took first place in LUMINA’s 2009 Poetry Contest. Now, you can hear her that same poem in Chelko’s own voice.

by M.R.B. Chelko

For Karina

The last apple is

A man flat on his back

A grand piano in a parking lot
Played by a small child, a cat,
The wind (a long hair
Stuck to its surprisingly long tongue)

A cloud coaxed down
Which can be done…
Which has been done…

A dark box
In which waits something

A girl standing before a fan
Holding her skirt down


M.R.B. Chelko holds an MFA in poetry from The University of New Hampshire and is Assistant Editor of the unbound journal Tuesday; An Art Project. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online; DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; Indiana Review; Sixth Finch and many other journals. She has two chapbooks, The World after Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and What To Tell The Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). Chelko lives happily with her husband, Nick, and infant daughter, Noni, in Central Harlem.

There are other recordings of Chelko reading her work on the websites of PANK, Unsplendid, and The Cortland Review.

Keep an eye out for more recordings from LUMINA contributors coming in the near future!


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