A collection of poetry from a small farm on the Colorado prairie; tiny stories in simple words, praise for the beautiful fragile land, and love poems to horses. This is a 106-page book of poetry and photography, a softcover mini-coffee table book.Some heartfelt, some humorous, these poems are a howl to the prairie wind. I'm a woman on a farm, wonderstruck by this simple life with its plain beauty; the comfort of daily chores and bittersweet sunsets. Even my words can't look away.And the horses. This “gray mare” isn't over that girlish phase. None of us are, so I write love poems to horses, putting words to this equine passion that powers a central part of our lives. What is it that pulls us so fiercely to horses?Horse Prayers is verse but this love affair with poems doesn’t threaten my long-term relationship with writing non-fiction. It’s more like an inky ménage à trois.
Anna Blake was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954, the youngest daughter of a farm family. She is a horse advocate, writer, speaker, and equine professional, teaching communication skills and dressage to horses and riders of all disciplines. She’s the award-winning author of two books: Stable Relation, a Memoir of One Woman’s Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn, and Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse.
Previously, a self-employed goldsmith for thirty-five years, showing one-of-a-kind artwork in galleries from coast to coast. Her Denver studio and gallery was shared with generations of good dogs and she dabbled in writing screenplays, one of which was produced independently.
She posts a successful, yet unconventional blog (www.annablakeblog.com) about life on her farm and horse training from a unique perspective that affirms her humorous and inspirational approach to understanding, training and loving animals.
A second blog about writing can be found on her author website (www,annablake.com).
A good writer helps you sort through what life has thrown at you and as you whisper “Me too,” the writing feels like a warm hug from a fellow survivor. Ranch life is not for the faint of heart. Rancher Anna Blake beautifully shares her poignant thoughts and emotions about surviving the very good, kind of bad and sometimes ugly ups and downs of a life surrounded by all God’s creatures, great and small ...and well-loved.
This book is filled with poems that capture the beauty of prairie life, from the tiniest bird to the largest sunset. The words are at once comforting and perspective shifting, and the poems are paired with gorgeous photographs. I will treasure this book and return to it again and again. It would make an excellent gift for any horse-crazy person, person who has loved a good dog, or person who appreciates the changing of the seasons.