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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Horse. Woman. Poems From Our Lives by Anna M. Blake is a collection of poems close to the poet's heart and honors the lives of her family with horses and the land they lived in. She speaks about building her purpose in life, just like that of her grandmother who delivered more calves and foals than any woman in North Dakota in the 1900s. The poems reveal the poet's love for animals -- horses, dogs, cats, donkeys, etc. -- and they speak to readers right from her heart. The collection not only reaches out to those who love horses but will also strike a chord in the hearts of all those readers who are kind, compassionate, and love animals.
The collection has been grouped into five sections; The Burning Snow, Sage Under-Hoof, Explain the Sky, Bloody Pearls, Invisible Rope, and The Sunset in his Eye. Anna M. Blake's love for animals has been woven throughout the collection. The poems are evocative and the poet pulls readers in with excellent wordplay and a writing style that is sublime. Her emotions are raw and straight from the heart and it would be difficult for me to choose a favorite poem from this collection. The poems will take readers through a gamut of emotions and make them want to read the poems again to appreciate nature, environment, and animals through her words and perception. The poems are straight from her heart. Anna M. Blake mentions how most horses are owned by women, and how horses have always been her north star.