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Wire Song

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Author: Mark Todd

Foreword by Dana Gioia

Mark Todd is the New West incarnate. A working rancher and a professor of English, his poetry embodies local knowledge of his Colorado home as much as it does the great traditions of English and American poetry. His craft covers the range from the ballad and the sonnet, to the free verse lyric and his subjects range from meditations on nature worthy of Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Robinson Jeffers, to reflections on ranching worthy of Baxter Black.

In "Wire Song," Todd’s first collection, each poem brings another element of contemporary life in the rural West into focus. Many poems detail the difficult, sometimes comical, sometimes beautiful, and sometimes heartbreaking work of ranching, telling stories of everything from the death of a foal to the arrival of spring, from what kind of hat to wear on the job to the traditional work of a farrier day. In his longer narrative poems, Todd recounts a present in which dirt bikers and ranchers collide (guess who wins), and a past in which he reimagines one of his own notorious forebears, John Wesley Hardin, at the moment he decides to take the path of crime and violence.

Throughout Todd’s work there is a delicate balance between the facts of nature and the domesticating work of man, in which something as ordinary as barbed wire comes to embody an entire way of life.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.

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