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Published on Feb 9, 2014
In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo's "The Writing Life," the late poet, novelist and memoirist Maxine Kumin and fellow poet Henry Taylor read and discuss poems about horses. Both acclaimed poets and longtime equestrians, Taylor and Kumin talk about having equine companions who don't use language, and how valuable this characteristic is to writers. Taylor reads the amusing "Riding Lesson," then Kumin reads the much more serious "Credo," based on a Native American legend. They delve into the trust engendered between horse and rider, and Taylor reads "Riding a One-Eyed Horse." Continuing in the theme of trust, Kumin reads "Ars Poetica: A Found Poem," about Olympic equestrian David O'Conner. Taylor reads "The Flying Change," and Kumin reads a poem about waiting for a foal's birth, "Praise Be." Taylor reads "Remembering Kevan MacKenzie" and "Breakings," about breaking horses with his father. Kumin reads Amanda Dreams She Has Died and Gone to Elysian Fields," about a peaceful morning shared with one of her horses, Amanda. Maxine Kumin died on Feb. 6, 2014. For more information about this show and the readings and activities produced by HoCoPoLitSo, visit www.hocopolitso.org.