Horses tramp the ancient treadmill of our whims, trot to our bidding, broken, bought and sold, but only ever possess themselves.
— from “Seven Horse Secrets” – Jane Commane
Sometimes you just want to read about horses. This pamphlet is about horses. My child will love this pamphlet; however, she – at least at her young age – may not realize that while literally reading poetry about horses, she is taking in a whole lot of heavy metaphors for human existence – or at least the attempt at it.
Alison Brackenbury, who selected and introduced Ten Poems About Horses, shows no matter the 1800s or modern era, the attitude and actions of horses have not changed. They live, love, falter, get dragged around, manipulated, fed, ridden, and eventually buried. Sound familiar?