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This Rider--stanza three

This rider goes as fast as fast can go
for less than three minutes.
Ideally, she doesn't get killed.
Ideally, she'll do it again,
three or four times an afternoon,
ending as often as possible
ahead of the others.
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Second stanza from the poem, This Rider

Here is the second stanza. They will eventually appear in inverse order in the blog, correct order on the Hoofprints page.

This rider slouches.
In each direction
he sees miles and miles
of miles and miles.
Get over the ground,
look at fences,
look at cattle,
then eat, sleep,
do it again tomorrow.
Let the horse shuffle
any old how,
as long as
it doesn't
raise a blister. Read More 
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A horse poem by installments

This horse poem, from Hoofprints, will appear in installments over the next few days. Hoofprints is available again through Open Road Integrated Media.

This rider,
in black jacket, white breeches,
is accountable for each step taken.
Each hoof touches earth
precisely to her bidding.
Cadence, elasticity,
metronomic rhythm,
even the ears,
even if the  Read More 
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Mud Season in Vermont

It's mud season here, and that makes me think of my grandfather, Emmannuel Trevorrow, and his good work horses, Chub and Sailor. This poem is from Hoofprints, available as an e-book from Open Road Integrated Media.

The car is
Up to the axles in mud.
It's nineteen forty-eight, most roads are paved,
But this  Read More 
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Saige in Albuquerque

Had a wonderful time in Albuquerque, Saige's hometown. Beth Larsen, the art adviser, showed me and Michael around--we saw a couple of places where the movie was shot, as well as a school that looks just like the one I imagined her attending. Best of all, I met so many girls who said, "I  Read More 
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Visits, visits

Two fun school visits last week, at the Mater Christi School in Burlington, and Elm Hill Elementary in Springfield. I always use the hush-test to discover if fiction is working. If the room gets quiet, I've got them!
My best chapter ever for silencing a room is the first chapter of Fire!, which ends  Read More 
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Uncle Daney's Way Is Coming Back!

Thanks to the Authors' Guild and iUniverse, Uncle Daney's Way will be back in print and available in a couple of weeks. This middle-grade novel, told in simple, accessible language, tells the story of Cole, a Vermont boy whose family suddenly has two new members--Mom's Uncle Daney, a crippled logger, and Nip, Daney's horse.  Read More 
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Ask a Pro!

If you want good work done, ask a pro!
I love my Authors' Guild website, because it's affordable and because I could put it together myself. But I am so not a pro. Fortunately I'm related to one, my sister Martha Haas, a wonderful artist and graphic designer. In one Sunday morning session, while  Read More 
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American Girl gets creativity

American Girl really gets creativity.
Now that I can talk about Saige and her new books, what I most want to say is how much fun it's been. I loved the process from my first phone conversation with Erin Falligant. The creative team at American Girl is such a great bunch of smart, artistic  Read More 
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Dirty Weather

If your horse lives outdoors, this is the season when you might use a baling twine grooming mitt. (learn how to make one in HORSE CRAZY!) It's a simple project to knit, using something you're throwing away every day. Robin loves the scratchy texture, and it really knocks off the outer crust.
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