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Dark Horses

New Poems

In Dark Horses prize-winning poet X. J. Kennedy gathers forty-two new poems rich in sound and sense. All display uncommon skill and an ability to treat matters both timeless and contemporary.

From the lighhearted ballad "Dancing with the Poets at Piggy's" to the darkly meditative lyric "The Waterbury Cross," the poems show Kennedy's wide range. There are intimate portraits of a woman veterinarian and a young man dying of AIDS, a song about the Sri Lankan festival of Buddha's tooth, and a stark account of a confrontation with a homeless panhandler. "Emily Dickinson Leaves a Message to the World" on the newly installed answering machine in her Amherst homestead. Finding a "Woodpile Skull" — the severed head of a black ant — makes the poet laugh at his own expense as he plays "ham Hamlet to a formic Yorick."

Enlivened by X. J. Kennedy's sardonic humor, wit, and insight into the human condition, the "dark horses" of this newest collection represent the finely crafted work of one of America's best-known and most widely respected poets.

About the Author

X. J. Kennedy has written nine collections of poetry, among them That Swing: Poems, 2008–2016, In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 19552007 and Fits of Concision: Collected Poems of Six or Fewer Lines. The coeditor, with Dana Gioia, of An Introduction to Poetry, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Poets' Prize, the Robert Frost Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Aiken-Taylor Award, and the Jackson Poetry Prize.

Reviews

"Mordant, funny, and even sometimes rather frightening; the poet, so much in control of his formal means, seems himself rather dismayed by the fearful things he points to."—Hudson Review
The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Other Titles by X. J. Kennedy

That Swing

X. J. Kennedy
Mar 2017 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
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The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus

Guillaume Apollinaire, translated by X. J. Kennedy
Mar 2011 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$48.00 USD - Hardback
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback
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In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus

X. J. Kennedy
Sep 2007 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Other Titles from Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction

A Longing for Impossible Things

stories by David Borofka
Mar 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Water / Music

poems by Peter Filkins
Apr 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Fabrications

Pamela Painter
Nov 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Other Titles in POETRY / American / General

Hounds on the Mountain

James Still
Jun 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
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Finalists

Rae Armantrout
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
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Sustainable Poetry

Leonard M. Scigaj
Dec 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles in Poetry by individual poets

Finalists

Rae Armantrout
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
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The Writing of an Hour

Brenda Coultas
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
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Asked What Has Changed

Ed Roberson
Feb 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
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