How to Feed a Horse

How to Feed a Horse

Janice Dewey


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How to Feed a Horse is a manuscript in three parts: One, “Ranch Poems,” activities, contemplations, awareness of the creek environment. Two, “Numerology,” disparate poems that invite us to consider the absurd in our language, politics, history, and human relationships. Three, “Her(e),” conversations with a network of women, some imagined, some historic, some intimate. The author’s preoccupations with climate change and our deteriorating planetary environment surface as she gives herself over to be witness to the landscape, its decline and perseverance, its glory and rich legacy. The poems are also love poems; they show the ecstasy and shock of the now.


Janice Dewey:

Janice Dewey’s career in literature and teaching began at a young age with scholarships to live and study in both Argentina (American Field Service) and Chile (Fulbright). She interviewed and published about Jorge Luis Borges and shook Pablo Neruda’s hand after one of his readings in Santiago.

She has taught Spanish, women’s studies, humanities, and contemporary poetry at the University of Arizona and its Poetry Center for decades and made the documentary video Waist-High in the World about disability writer Nancy Mairs, which is available on YouTube. This is her first book at age seventy-three.