The University of Wisconsin Press
Dancing With A Cowboy
Sara Lindsay Rath
“Sara creates herself in the voice of these poems: vulnerable, desiring, tough-minded, and generous at once. Straightforward. Sure. And above all, genuine."
The poems in Dancing With A Cowboy are charged with memories and hope, of family, old loves, nostalgia, and regret. Searching for shades of meaning that lurk around old, familiar corners, the poems are constructed from clues found there. Memories are reframed from a new point of reference, defining the curious, the sad, or the just plain ordinary. Tracking the hazardous and the happier moments of life, Rath writes the world alive, always catching its breath, carried forth by emotion.
“Tomorrow every blade of grass and fallen leaf will be muted by a soft veil of icy white gentling the damaged landscape. Even the raccoon lying dead along the road will be frosted, luminous. The cat stretches, sighs, curls closer to my thigh. In this dark night winter moves stealthily over the countryside, a V of geese on its leading edge, pulling it closer, over the Canadian border.”
—excerpt from “Killing Frost”
© Sara Lindsay Rath. All rights reserved.
Sara Lindsay Rath is the author of four volumes of poetry, the novel Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages, and five nonfiction books, including The Complete Cow. She has also written for television and film. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
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Of related interest:
The Waters of Star Lake
Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages
"Readers will enjoy how Rath has thrown in a bit of everything mystery, family drama, love story, and comedyand will certainly like getting to know Hannah as she fights big business, hot flashes, and her own resistance to this wild and lovely place."Booklist
96 pp. 5 1/2 x 9
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