Melissa Range has canceled her reading tonight at Maryville University because of illness, Left Bank Books says.
The poet, the author of "Horse and Rider," is tentatively rescheduled to read at Maryville on April 8. She is a PhD student at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
A note on the book from the publisher:
"'Horse and Rider' takes its title from a passage in the book of Exodus: "Sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has cast into the sea." Melissa Range's poems explore violence and power, particularly as those concepts relate to religion and to the natural world. Her mixture of free and formal verse is populated with warriors, weapons, animals, and figures from the Bible and mythology. In a galloping triptych of ancient and apocalyptic visions, these vigorous poems probe the recurring image of the horse and its sometimes troubled, sometimes loving relationship with its rider.
Here are a few lines from "Force."
Not to the blue fuses do I knuckle.
Not to boys’ muses—their sly kites,
skylighters loosing fire, without sweep or buckle,
onto a landscape so that they may blight
its hills and gardens into history. Or myth.
Not to these do I bow . . .
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