Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness

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Texas Review Press, 2009 - Poetry - 114 pages
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Barbaro proved to be the ultimate hero¿he died trying. This book of poems provides a fitting and lyrical tribute tothe hero. No one has written about race horses as beautifully and evocatively as lyn lifshin has done in this book on the tragic career of Barbaro and in her paean to the immortal ruffian, The licorice Daughter: my year With ruffian. lifshin has been described by one reviewer as ¿frighteningly prolific,¿but, though that is an accurate description to be sure, her prolificacy does not in the least diminish the profundity and charming accessibility of her poems. lifshin¿s observations of the unexpected rise and agonizing fall of Barbaro are acute and charged with empathy. These poems imbue thememory of Barbaro with a heroicism that is exquisite and rare, a quality that is sorely lacking in this modern age of prosaic anxiety and despair.

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Contents

APRIL 29 20021
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THINK WHAT HER JOCKEY SAID ABOUT HOW EASY IT
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BARBARO BREATHING FIRE25
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DAY AFTER DAY HED BEEN POINTING TOWARD THIS32
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A HORSE NOT READY FOR THE BARNS OF DARKNESS UNDER
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THOUGH HE ALMOST JOGGED BACK TO HIS STALL44
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SOME NIGHTS IN INTENSIVE CARE AT NEW BOLTON CENTER48
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BAD NEWS LEAKING OUT SLOWLY54
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WHEN YOU START TO FEEL SEPTEMBER IN THE AIR66
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NOVEMBER
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GROWN LOVERS OF THE BLACK STALLION AND MAN OF WAR76
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BEFORE ANY SNOW84
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HE IS GETTING UP AND DOWN ON HIS OWN90
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WE DONT CHOSE IT CHOOSES US98
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SOMEONE SAYS SOME HORSES104
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BARBAROS BIRTH STALL EMPTY110
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EVERY TIME HIS TRAINER WALKS INTO BARBAROS STALL60
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About the author (2009)

LYN LIFSHIN is the author of many books of poetry, including Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow at David Godine), selected for the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. She lives Vienna, Virginia.

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