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March 28, 2007

The Best In Horse Poetry Is Collected In New UI Press Anthology

The University of Iowa Press anthology "Say This of Horses," containing more than 100 poems by 74 poets of 22 nationalities, will be available from bookstores and online book retailers on Monday, April 2. The book may also be ordered directly from the UI Press.

The anthology, edited by C.E. Greer and Jenny Kander, represents the abundance of poems about horses that have been written throughout the ages and around the world. Whether probing the ages-old connection between horses and humans, the immediate physical presence of horses, or the metaphysical elements of these magnificent animals, this collection celebrates the horse as what Maxine Kumin calls "our enduring myth, the repository for our love and terror."

Divided into six sections, "Say This of Horses" considers horses in a multitude of times and places. "Antiquity" explores the forging of the earliest mythical ties between horses and humans. "Here, Now" places horses in the present, where their physical presence is most acutely felt. "Essence" explores the metaphysical qualities of horses. "Harnessed" contains a selection of poems about horses in war, at work, and in sport and recreation. "Mirrors" shows them as imaginative symbols. Finally, "Lenses" moves into the realm of abstraction and fantasy.

Horse-lover Bonney MacDonald of Union College says, "Anyone who loves great poetry and horses has found THE book. These poems echo deep into folk culture and ancient practices, and convey the action and unforgettable physical presence of these amazing animals. 'Say This of Horses' is a horse-lover/reader's dream book. Many of these poets truly know horses -- their cadence, their need for flight, the smell of their sweat and hide, the rhythm and quiet of an early morning feeding, and the gut-wrenching sorrow of their deaths and passing. This kind of primary, hands-on knowledge is rarely translated convincingly into language, but it is here, and it's sheer pleasure taking it in."

The selections include poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, W.S. Merwin, Tess Gallagher, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pablo Neruda, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Sexton, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ted Kooser, Wallace Stevens, May Sarton, Jane Kenyon, James Dickey, William Carlos Williams and many other writers.

Greer is professor of geography at Indiana University, where his research has focused on the human place in nature. Since 1978, he and his family have raised horses on a farm outside Bloomington for various competitive and pleasure riding disciplines. Kander, a founding member of the Bloomington Free Verse workshop, produces daily and weekly poetry programs for community and National Public Radio stations.

"Say This of Horses" is available for sale at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at In the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, contact Eurospan, 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8LU, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 1767 604972, is available directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at

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