James Galvin Poems
- Two Horses And A Dog Without external reference, The world ...
- Post-Modernism A pinup of Rita Hayworth was taped To the ...
- Station Somewhere between a bird's nest and a solar system - ...
- To The Republic Past fences the first sheepmen cast across ...
- Dear Miss Emily I knew the end would be gone before I got ...
- Blue Or Green We don't belong to each other. We ...
- Anthropology Remember the night you got drunk and shot the ...
James Galvin was born in Chicago and earned a BA from Antioch College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Resurrection Update: Collected Poems (1998), X (2003), As Is (2009), and Everything We Always Knew Was True (2016). He has also published the novel Fencing the Sky (1999), and The Meadow (1992), a prose meditation on the landscape of the Wyoming-Colorado border and the people who live there.
Galvin’s work is infused with the genuine realities of the western landscape, while at the same time not shirking difficult questions of faith, the vicissitudes of life, and shifting intimacies. Poet and critic Mark ... more »
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Two Horses And A Dog
Without external reference,
The world presents itself
In perfect clarity.
Wherewithal, arrested moments,
The throes of demystification,
Morality as nothing more
Than humility and honesty, a salty measure.
Then it was a cold snap,
Weather turned lethal so it was easier
To feel affinity
With lodgepole stands, rifted aspens,
And grim, tenacious sage.
History accelerates till it misses the turns.
Wars are shorter now
Just to fit into it.
One day you know you are no longer young
Because you've stopped loving your own ...