Advice for Horsemen

By Michael Earl Craig
When trying to catch a horse it helps if you look away.
Eye contact just pisses them off.
But you can’t fake looking away, horses
know when you are doing this.
You have to really look away.
Some horsemen never come out of  this.

Source: Poetry (April 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2014
 Michael Earl Craig


Poet Michael Earl Craig grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Influenced by artists as diverse as Werner Herzog, Julio Cortázar, Lou Reed, and James Tate, Craig’s poems question the assumptions and habits of daily life, using humor and frequent glimpses of a torqued pastoral landscape. “His poems are hilarious, but not . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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