Horse in the Dark

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2840-8
Publication Date
August 2012
Page Count
96 pages
Trim Size
6.125 x 8.5

Horse in the Dark

Vievee Francis

Bold and skilled, Francis takes us into the still landscapes of Texas, evoking the African American South in fluid detail. Her poems become panhandle folktales fraught with the weight of memories both individual and collective. Her creative tangle of metaphors, people, and geography will keep the reader rooted in the good earth of extraordinary verse.

About the Author

Vievee Francis is the author of Blue-Tail Fly: Poems (2006). Her work has appeared or is forth­coming in several periodicals and anthologies including Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, Best Ameri­can Poetry 2010, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She was the 2009–2010 Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award, a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship, and Cave Canem fel­lowships. She is an associate editor for Callaloo.


“The poems in Vievee Francis’s Horse in the Dark are revelations—of memory, of dust, of the cotton and marginalia strung together to make a history.” —Adrian Matejka, author of Mixology

"So many suitors.... Who can resist Vievee Francis? ‘Horse in the Dark,’ just like ‘Blue-Tail Fly’ before it, attests to Francis’s graceful state of dignified self-possession informed by sorrows, brutal violence, and hidden desires. Francis’s desire lines are complicated. Ever authentic and observant, she adjures us... to follow her... to put down our bow, take up our lyre, and sing. ‘Horse in the Dark’ is the long version of Philip Larkin’s line “What will survive of us is love.’" —Scott Hightower, author of Part of the Bargain and Self-evident

" electrifying portrait of danger and hardship in a mostly rural-landscape in West Texas." —National Book Critics Cirle