Horse. Woman.

Poems from Our Lives

Poetry - General
118 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2021
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Author Biography

Anna Blake is a horse advocate, equine professional, international clinician, and an award-winning author. Her books include Stable Relation, a Memoir of One Woman’s Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn, (a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner), Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse, and Barn Dance, Nickers, brays, bleats, howls, and quacks: Tales from the herd. More recently, Horse Prayers, Poems from the Prairie, (Bronze Medal award), Going Steady, More Relationship Advice from Your Horse, and Horse. Woman. Poems From Our Lives.

She was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954, the youngest daughter in a farm family. Previously, Blake was a self-employed goldsmith, showing one-of-a-kind artwork in galleries from coast to coast. Her Denver studio and gallery was shared with generations of good dogs.

Early writing included a few screenplays, one of which was produced independently. Currently, Blake posts a successful, yet unconventional blog (annablake.com) about life on the farm and horse training from a unique perspective that affirms her humorous and inspirational approach to understanding, training, and respecting animals.

    Book Review

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.