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On behalf of Liverpool University Press, you are invited to Jodie Hollander’s reading of her debut poetry collection, My Dark Horses ($19.95, Liverpool University Press).

Jodie Hollander will read from My Dark Horses at the Bridge Street Books, Washington DC on 19th February alongside the acclaimed poet Robert Mezey, who will be reading new and selected poems.

'If it weren't for Bob Mezey pushing me to write in verse, I wouldn't be half the poet I am now. I have him to thank for teaching me the true art of musical poetry. I can't believe the time has finally come to read alongside a poet I've admired so deeply and for so long.' - Jodie Hollander



Bridge Street Books

2814 Pensylvania ave NW,


DC 20007

About Jodie Hollander

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse in 2012. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015.

About Robert Mezey

Mezey’s honors and awards include a Robert Frost Prize, a Bassine Citation, a PEN Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an honorary doctorate from the World Congress of Poets. Mezey has taught at various institutions, including Case Western Reserve University; Franklin & Marshall College; California State University, Fresno; and the University of Utah. From 1975 to 1999, he was at Pomona College, where he served as a professor of English and poet-in-residence.

From My Dark Horses

My Dark Horses

If only I were more like my dark horses,

I wouldn’t have to worry all the time

that I was running too little and resting too much.

I’d spend my hours grazing in the sunlight

and taking long naps in the vast pastures.

And when it was time to move along I’d know;

I’d spend some time with all those that I’d loved,

then disappear into a gathering of trees.

If only I were more like my dark horses,

I wouldn’t be so frightened of the storms;

instead, when the clouds began to gather and fill

I’d make my way calmly to the shed,

and stand close to all the other horses.

Together, we’d let the rain fall round us,

knowing as darkness passes overhead

that above all, this is the time to be still.

Jodie Hollander

Click here for more information on My Dark Horses by Jodie Hollander.

  • When: Mon Feb. 19
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Address: 2814 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20007

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