Scared Violent Like Horses : Poems
by John McCarthy


Overview - "Scared Violent Like Horses is the story of a 'lost boy with a quiet ache'--a story about a boy and a young man who grows up amid the landscape of a vast yet specific Midwest filled with switchgrass, scarecrows, dead leaves, dirt, factories, and family and childhood people. It's the people the speaker is really writing about--the speaker's connection and disconnection with those who populate the landscape and the feeling of being different or not fully belonging. McCarthy's impulse is narrative but this impulse is struck by the lightning of his linguistic powers, as in the poem, 'Switchgrass' 'A mangled cat mats the crankshaft and fan belt, / fur-shredded and soaked.' Unusual images and figurative language are in abundance: 'The cornfield's tassels are wicks burning toward the sky and the fields / are sutured by utility poles marching like a procession of crosses . . .' Ultimately, what the reader is left with is a stunning overlap of lost boy and lost landscape glimpsed through the lens of a gifted poet's magical linguistic and storytelling abilities."--Victoria Chang

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Overview
"Scared Violent Like Horses is the story of a 'lost boy with a quiet ache'--a story about a boy and a young man who grows up amid the landscape of a vast yet specific Midwest filled with switchgrass, scarecrows, dead leaves, dirt, factories, and family and childhood people. It's the people the speaker is really writing about--the speaker's connection and disconnection with those who populate the landscape and the feeling of being different or not fully belonging. McCarthy's impulse is narrative but this impulse is struck by the lightning of his linguistic powers, as in the poem, 'Switchgrass' 'A mangled cat mats the crankshaft and fan belt, / fur-shredded and soaked.' Unusual images and figurative language are in abundance: 'The cornfield's tassels are wicks burning toward the sky and the fields / are sutured by utility poles marching like a procession of crosses . . .' Ultimately, what the reader is left with is a stunning overlap of lost boy and lost landscape glimpsed through the lens of a gifted poet's magical linguistic and storytelling abilities."--Victoria Chang

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571315076
  • ISBN-10: 1571315071
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publish Date: March 2019
  • Page Count: 104
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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