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Life on a small midwestern farm is the genesis of many of the poems in DEAD HORSES. Unsentimental and realistic, they celebrate an enduring involvement with horses (riding, breeding, foaling, and racing) and offer a tough-minded look at the vagaries of rural existence.
Paperback, 58 pages
Published August 12th 2012 by FutureCycle Press (first published 2012)
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Rose Boehm
Aug 29, 2012 Rose Boehm rated it it was amazing
‘Dead Horses’ is only an excuse. It’s an excuse to create a collection of extremely powerful poems set against the background of rural life in general and horse farming in Northern Illinois in particular. The more I read of Joan Colby’s work, the more I’d buy any one of her anthologies blind. Colby is dark, passionate, observant, emphatic and one of the most gifted and prolific poets of our generation. ‘Dead Horses’ is another Colby MUST HAVE and will surprise you with its power.
Ruth
Sep 19, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing
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Those who live with animals live close to the raw truths of existence—living, suffering, death. Farmers are tied to the earth in similar elemental ways. In this book of poems Joan Colby pulls no punches. These are hard-hitting poems, yet they are graced by a use of language that is both surprising and beautiful.
Diane Kistner
Jul 27, 2014 Diane Kistner rated it it was amazing
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OX TEAM AT GARFIELD FARM

Paired shortly after birth.
By two months bearing
The smallest yoke,
Learning the commands
Which nigh ox and off ox
Understand differently,
Always the same position,
Yoked or stalled.
Nigh ox to the right.
Off ox to the left.

Long horns intact
To keep the wooden yoke
In place. Controlled
By voice or motion.
Obedient and calm, their huge
Bodies compliant to plow,
Wagon, or log chain.

The ox driver points out
What fables those Westerns were:
Wagon trains circling
Their handsome ho
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Lee
Dec 10, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
In Dead Horses, her tenth collection of poetry, Joan Colby offers 26 poems focusing on death and loss within agrarian settings. As the collection’s title suggests, horses will be a motif in the book. The collection opens with the title poem structured in the demanding form of the sestina. Of special note are the words Colby chooses to repeat: dream, horses, bleak, light, lace, winter. While she takes some liberties with the repetition of these words, the poem functions as an overture, announcing ...more
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