You Can Tell The Horse Anything

You Can Tell The Horse Anything

by Mary A. Koncel


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The acclaimed first book of one of today's most imaginative and engaging prose poets. "Mary Koncel is the Edward Hopper of prose poems, the geographer of . . . landscapes where the light is all wrong and human loneliness overwhelming. But just as we are going to despair, she finds a bright corner in which something extraordinary takes place. This is the grace of her poems."- Maxine Chernoff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932195088
Publisher: Tupelo Press, Inc.
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Mary A. Koncel was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After graduating from Columbia College in Chicago, IL with a BFA in Poetry, she headed east and received her MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A long-time devotee of the prose poem, her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Kayak, The Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Sycamore Review, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and several anthologies, such as The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry, The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal, and Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry. In 1999, Quale Press published her chapbook, Closer to Day. Although she is now gainfully employed as a writing instructor at Smith College and writing consultant for human service organizations, numerous odd jobs in the past, including hot walker, indoor plant consultant, and journalist, have greatly influenced her poetry. She lives in Worthington, MA, with her husband and many animals, small and large. Besides writing prose poetry and essays, she is an avid dressage rider.

Table of Contents

After the Weather3
The Big Deep Voice of God4
Lake and Michigan5
The Lake Shore Limited6
When the Babies Discover Torque8
Final Rinse and Agitation9
Sideswiping the Pig10
Come Back, Elvis, Come Back to Holyoke11
It All Makes Sense to Me13
Love Poem17
Simple as the Night18
When the Babies Find a Cat19
What Would Martha Stewart Say?21
Red Door22
Lucy's Thoughts on Wednesday23
On the 50th Anniversary of D-Day Stella Longs for Love24
Erma Jacowitts Pleads Her Case25
Norman Nelson Finds Her Heaven26
Something Like the Earth28
Almost Spring29
Eddie's Motors30
The Year of the Man31
Emanuel on the Tightrope35
In the Farmer's Way36
Maybe It's Still Winter38
When the Babies Are Missing Again39
The Headache40
Talking Back41
Another Poem for the Dead42
Brake for Moose43
Meditation on a Bird Sitting on a Man's Head46
The Second Song of Insomnia47
When the Babies Read The Book of the Dead48
Dead Horse50
On Weeping Icons51
Bless This Night52
Tree Man55
How I Find Ache Everywhere56
Take Your Time57
Winter Pastoral58
Naming Ache59
When the Babies Are Hungry60
Sleeping with Ache61
Bag Story63
On the Day I Say Goodbye to Ache64
A Bird of Undetermined Proportions65

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