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Dorothy Ours

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Always been a bookworm. Love horses. Love history. Horses led me to become an author, because too many goodies about the great Man o' War and his era had been buried in the past -- had to share.

And then Battleship and his people stepped up, and showed how researching their lives wasn't enough -- they made me hear the music of storytelling.

Along with books, horses, and history, I love music, visual and performing arts, travel, and ghost stories. What next -- who knows? (Smile)

Thank you Castleton-Lyons for continuing Dr. Tony Ryan's most generous legacy -- and congratulations to fellow finalists Casual Lies and Foinavon. Whee! Battleship A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse by Dorothy Ours

"Battleship, the tale of a strong-willed, enigmatic woman and the tiny but well-bred stallion she believed in, takes us on a literary gallop from historic Montpelier in Virginia, to Aintree, England, to Randolph Scott’s Hollywood. Ours’ charact... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 19, 2014 20:51 • 95 views • Tags: horse-racing-history
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Robert Penn Warren
“Willie went out and buttonholed folks on the street and tried to explain things to them. You could see Willie standing on a street corner, sweating through his seersucker suit, with his hair down in his eyes, holding an old envelope in one hand and a pencil in the other, working out figures to explain what he was squawking about, but folks don't listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell

leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses,
you make him call before
he visits, you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.”
Marty McConnell




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