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Dancing With A Cowboy
Sara Lindsay Rath

“Sara creates herself in the voice of these poems: vulnerable, desiring, tough-minded, and generous at once. Straightforward. Sure. And above all, genuine."
—Mark Doty

The poems in Dancing With A Cowboy are charged with memories and hope, of family, old loves, nostalgia, and regret. Searching for shades of meaning that lurk around old, familiar corners, the poems are constructed from clues found there. Memories are reframed from a new point of reference, defining the curious, the sad, or the just plain ordinary. Tracking the hazardous and the happier moments of life, Rath writes the world alive, always catching its breath, carried forth by emotion.

“Tomorrow every blade of grass and fallen leaf will be muted by a soft veil of icy white gentling the damaged landscape. Even the raccoon lying dead along the road will be frosted, luminous. The cat stretches, sighs, curls closer to my thigh. In this dark night winter moves stealthily over the countryside, a V of geese on its leading edge, pulling it closer, over the Canadian border.”
—excerpt from “Killing Frost”

© Sara Lindsay Rath. All rights reserved.

Sara Lindsay Rath is the author of four volumes of poetry, the novel Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages, and five nonfiction books, including The Complete Cow. She has also written for television and film. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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February 2008
96 pp.  5 1/2 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-22764-7
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