Horse and Rider: Poems

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About the Author

Melissa Range was born and raised in East Tennessee. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a "Discovery"/The Nation prize, and fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in Image, New England Review, TheParis Review, and other journals and have been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing and The Yale Anthology of the Devotional Lyric.


It's distressingly hard to find new American poets best served by traditional prosody, by terza rima or by couplet rhyme. Hard, but hardly impossible. Melissa Range is one such poet, and her immersion in traditions--religious and regional, as well as metrical--has led to an exciting, disturbing, promising . . . first book. --Stephen Burt, The Believer

The play of sound in Melissa Range's debut collection, Horse and Rider, is . . .ostentatious, canny, full of muscular stampedes and chipper twitter . . . She is a formalist with edge, not fully broken, champing the bit. --Andrew Osborn, Spoon River Poetry Review

In a singular and smart voice, Range speaks directly to the Western reader during a time of warfare; at the same time, she speaks to the long and bloody memory of our species and to any reader of any time or place. --Russ Brickey, Rain Taxi