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New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology

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A book by Jen Tynes

New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology, edited by Erika Howsare & Jen Tynesincluding work by Erik Anderson, Cynthia Arrieu-King & Kristi Maxwell, Sarah Bartlett & Emily Kendal Frey, Eric Baus & Seth Perlow, Sommer Browning & Brandon Shimoda, … see full wiki

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Author: Jen Tynes
Publisher: lulu.com
1 review about New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology

Very New Directions in Poetry

  • Aug 18, 2010
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NEW PONY: A Horse Less Anthology edited by Jen Tynes and Erika Howsare is as unique as any poetry anthology on the market today. Beginning with the bizarre 'pony' depicted on the cover by illustrator Shawn Huelle the reader knows that inside may be just as weirdly assembled and different a collection of works as that cover suggests. And that assumption is right.

These astute editors have combed the submissions by many poets, poets who create as single writers as well as the introduction of poems written by two people - a technique new to this reader, and have come up with a selection of works that range from broad comedy and parody to tenderness and introspection. Some of the poets are already well-known (Paul Siegell, Ravi Shankar - no, not that one -, William Walsh, etc), but there are many here who will doubtless be on their way up soon. Justin Taylor in 'Note on Process' offers a prose riff on the impression and incorporation of the works of author WG Sebald becoming an attempt at a poem. Andrea Rexillius and Susan Scarlata are represented by four poems that lead us to understand how two poets can create one poem: 'Even Like' and 'Even As' are as atmospheric as the air that separates their thoughts. Dani Rado is represented by an extended work of prose 'A Response to your Story, "An Iris in the Mail' - rich in imagination and beautifully crafted. Kirk Keen in 'Hollyhock' manages to lead the reader down a strange path of his creation until the last three stanzas of this poem kick us in the gut. Shawn Huelle and Jess Wignet provide 'Quiz' - a piece that challenges as it entertains. 'Insect Wildlife' opens the anthology with a prolonged exploration of writing and the art of writing by Erik Anderson, a stunning piece that prepares the reader for the wild things to follow, like the always fresh and surprising Paul Siegell's "Pooch surprised me with tickets to the Barnes Foundation" and his usual play with spacing words on the page as in 'Patchwork Acrobatics: Harlequin Period Typos'.

For readers who love the unique in poetry or who love to discover new voices who twist definitions of poetry in novel directions, this anthology is a must. It is well designed, beautifully edited, and rich in fine new work by a slew of good poets. Grady Harp, August 10

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