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10 Moons And 13 Horses: Poems
     

10 Moons And 13 Horses: Poems

by Gary Short
 

ISBN-10: 0874175836

ISBN-13: 9780874175837

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: University of Nevada Press


Gary Short’s new collection is the work of a mature poet at the peak of his powers, confident of his ability to speak of human betrayal and the fragility of life without bitterness or cheap sentiment, to find poignancy in loss and exaltation in the outwardly mundane. His voice is lyrical, tough, and capable of touching us profoundly.

Short knows

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Gary Short’s new collection is the work of a mature poet at the peak of his powers, confident of his ability to speak of human betrayal and the fragility of life without bitterness or cheap sentiment, to find poignancy in loss and exaltation in the outwardly mundane. His voice is lyrical, tough, and capable of touching us profoundly.

Short knows Nevada’s austere landscape, its ephemeral beauty, and its stoic people as few writers in any genre do. He also understands the complexities of the human soul and the contradictions of love. So he tells of how his mother, dying of cancer, revisits a day thirty years in the past when her sons trapped a trout and kept it in their father’s horse trough and how now, in her mind’s eye, she carries the boxed-in fish to the stream to release it, “a moment/of having, not loss.” And of how the feathers of a dead owl in a long-dead oak tree have blown loose, “caught and leafed out/from each taloned twig and limb . . . each feather/a separate flight, shining to live.” This is rich and wondrous poetry, deeply moving, unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874175837
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Series:
Western Literature Series
Pages:
62
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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Table of Contents

1
Outlines3
Brothers Playing Catch on Christmas Day5
I Lay My Brother Down6
Aperture7
Ghost Dance9
Junk Cars: Mina, Nevada12
Command13
Breath15
Imperfect History16
Sway17
I Kneel to See the Dead Great Horned Owl19
2
Herida de Amor25
Then I Close My Eyes27
Release28
What I Believed31
American Flat33
Nesting34
Perseid Shower36
Magpies in the Graveyard37
Teaching Poetry to 3rd Graders38
3
Sheep and Stars43
4
Frame Blue51

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