A collection of more than one hundred poems celebrating horses, from ancient times to the present....
|Title||:||Hoofprints: Horse Poems|
|Number of Pages||:||585 Pages|
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Hoofprints: Horse Poems Reviews
I disliked half the poems in this collection, and loved the other half. It's a jumble to be honest. The idea for most of them is quite interesting, using historic points to set the poems in. It also covers a wide range of the globe in terms of horse culture.
Jessie Haas, Hoofprints: Horse Poems (Harper Collins, 2004)I have a weakness for all things horse, and I love poetry, so this was a no-brainer when I saw it at the used bookstore. I have to say, I give a lot more slack to all things horse than I do to all things poetry, and I was kind of hoping-- since I take it as a given that all single-author poetry collections that revolve around a specific subject are going to be substandard poetry-- that my inner editor's laxity about horses would carry over to horse poetry. Alas, it was not to be. I love the history in here, and the research Jessie Haas did in preparing to write this book. I am somewhat less enthusiastic about the end result.Poetry is that art of “show, don't tell” distilled, a medium where every word, every syllable, should be laden (and/or pregnant) with meaning, where description needs to be pared away like the white of an orange, and for much the same reason-- if you cook with it, it will give the whole dish a bitter, unappealing taste. Far too many poets don't understand this. (And mentioning it gives me a change to beat my favorite dead horse, W. D. Snodgrass' wonderful book De/Compositions, which shows this better than I ever could, and which should be required reading for all poets, aspiring, pro, or in between.) Haas is one of them:“I want you to know that history is not what you have been told.You have been asked to pledge allegiance to certain facts,And that is a misuse of schooling, to teach you only phrases,A lulling rhythm to rock your mind to sleep.”(“Is That So?”)Those of you who have been reading my reviews for the past twenty years are well-used to my charge of “that's not poetry, that's political screed chopped up into little lines.” So I don't even have to get up on that soapbox again, I'm sure.This is not to say that the whole book is scraping the bottom of that particular barrel; when Haas gets her mind around an image, she does know what to do with it. There are a few pieces in here that are really workable. If you're not a horse fanatic, though, you're probably going to find yourself slogging through too many swine to get to far too few (for a 200-page book, roughly two and a half times as long as the usual single-author non- “selected” or “collected” book of poetry) pearls. **
If you like horses and history you will enjoy this collection. It was quite fun to read. All of these poems are based on artifacts or artwork.
Interesting history of the horse and its relationship with people told in a series of poems.