My Dark Horses and the poetry of Australia

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On behalf of Liverpool University Press, you are invited to Jodie Hollander’s readings of her debut poetry collection, My Dark Horses ($19.95 Liverpool University Press).

Jodie Hollander will read from My Dark Horses at the Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara on 25th January alongside fellow poet, John Ridland, who will read from his recent collections Epitome and Epiphany and Mountain Music.



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About Jodie Hollander

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse in 2012. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015.

About John Ridland

John Ridland taught English literature and creative writing at UCSB from 1961 to 2005. He and his wife Muriel wrote And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child (MIT Press, 1975). An Epitome and Epiphany, based on that story, has been recently issued from the Dowitcher Press in Santa Barbara. Since retiring he has published two books of his own poems, Happy in an Ordinary Thing and Mountain Music, and one translation from Middle English (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) with another forthcoming, Pearl, by the same poet; and three books translated from the Hungarian poets Sándor Petöfi, Sándor Márai, and Miklós Radnóti, the latter two with Peter V. Czipott. For the Petöfi volume, John the Valiant, he was presented the Balassi Sword Award, and in 2017 he was named a Mid-Coast Literary Treasure.

From My Dark Horses

My Dark Horses

If only I were more like my dark horses,

I wouldn’t have to worry all the time

that I was running too little and resting too much.

I’d spend my hours grazing in the sunlight

and taking long naps in the vast pastures.

And when it was time to move along I’d know;

I’d spend some time with all those that I’d loved,

then disappear into a gathering of trees.

If only I were more like my dark horses,

I wouldn’t be so frightened of the storms;

instead, when the clouds began to gather and fill

I’d make my way calmly to the shed,

and stand close to all the other horses.

Together, we’d let the rain fall round us,

knowing as darkness passes overhead

that above all, this is the time to be still.

Jodie Hollander

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