Poetry 22, 2014

I have never written a poem
about a horse
until now.

There’s this thing about women
writing about horses
that makes students,

children,
men
look at each other knowingly,

knowing that a poem by a woman
about a horse is
of course

never really about a horse.
And yet that image—the strong,
muscled body

between one’s legs, moving
with such purpose—is never
applied to men

who write poems about horses.
How strange,
that thought.

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Prompt: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”—Hemingway. Write a short poem that is also the “truest sentence that you know.” NaPoWriMo

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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