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The American West figures strongly in Andrews' oeuvre and gives rise to her most lyrical work. Her first collection of poetry in thirty years, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
New Poem: Nomad, for Magpie Tales and Beyond...
To join Tess Kincaid's Magpie Tales meme click here....
My first instinct, when I see that you
are once more immersed in reading
Lonesome Dove for the tenth time,
is to call you to me.
Live, don’t read, I say;
don’t run away from me into that
long and winding story.
Then I remember the years
alone in my bell jar bedroom,
where the hard-bound frontier
sagas were thick oak doors,
their pages a sheaf of jailer's keys;
that I could bandage my wounds, slip out
to the patio,
throw my great-grandfather's Calvary saddle
over the adobe wall and race then
toward the pinon smoke scenting
the indigo distance—
Apache campfire, braves drumming home
a prodigal rider.
copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2012