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Horses Running Fast

04 April, 2016: Horses Running Fast


by Shane McCrae

Horses Running Fast

We married in an open field a wide
And open field a field of wild and run- / ning
horses wide a field of horses run- / ning through
we married in an open wide
Running and full     of horses open
field / And in we married in     and in we mar- / ried in in
one direction they the hors- / es they
disguised the wind as horses in the wind/The horses running
fast in one / Direction
as the horses running through     / The horses as the horses run- / ning through
and each of us as me and you / As horses running fast
In one direction and
no animal outruns its past

“Horses Running Fast” by Shane McCrae from Mule. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2006. Used by permission of the writer.

Shane McCrae has published four books of poems – most recently, The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015). He teaches at Oberlin College and Spalding University, and has received a Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.


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