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No Bridle, No Bit, No Reins: poems Paperback – April 15, 2017
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"This inviting new poetry collection by Mary Anne Morefield is the achievement of a sustained, sweeping attention that offers such precision of insight and affectionate observation that it necessarily produces discovery and, ultimately, the risk and sacrament of wonder. This unbridled poetry of witness has earned all the attention you may wish to give its haunted, galloping ride." --Gregory Donovan, author of Torn from the Sun
"In Mary Anne Morefield's new book, No Bridle, No Bit, No Reins, her poems proceed by a series of built-in tensions: past richness of husband and family balanced against present-day freedoms of solitude and self-exploration; past faith in a traditional Christian worldview balanced against her current desire for a World Spirit that blesses all life. These finely honed, linguistically dexterous poems also balance aesthetic and sensory pleasures (for writing, painting, eating, hiking in the world's textures and colors) against the bitter recognition of the world's deprivations and suffering. And finally, her desire and determination for more life, more life, bumps up against her acknowledgment of time's undoing: 'The mantle clock chimes the quarter hour and ticks the next second .../The earth keeps spinning./I try to hang on, at least this minute.' And as she hangs on, she writes poems that range far and wide through space and time, or as she says in 'What Are Your Poems About?' 'They're large/as the world, small/as a pebble, high/as clouds, humble/ as humus.'
"If the free spirit within her dreams of riding bareback among the starry firmament, (or muses about the sleeping horse outside her window who could be dreaming of 'no bit in his mouth, no saddle/ on his back, no reins,'), the fully mature poet, Mary Anne Morefield, records the various ways that life reins us in for our work on earth--whether doing her daily chores as wife and mother on a Pennsylvania farm, or working within the Christian ministry, or marching in political protest on the streets of Washington--before it releases us again into the solitude of our later years. For this poet, solitude comes in the arid landscapes of Arizona, where she learns to find a new richness and independence, whether hiking in the desert, wrestling with a new spirituality ('now I am content to let those doctrines fly,/ and simply believe one Great Spirit/ with many names, dwells among us,') or musing on time's constraints and releases. If there is solace amidst sorrow, it arrives as 'a bevy of quail, a hummingbird, a road runner and eyes to gather them in,/a path that wanders through the desert, legs strong enough to wander/ with it, and strong enough to bring me home again,/the promise of friends around the dinner table." --Neil Shephard, author of Hominid Up
"In her new collection No Bridle, No Bit, No Reins, Mary Anne Morefield offers a profoundly moving exploration of family, loss and landscape. These poems bear witness to the memory of the dead just as they praise the living. A book about both the sacred and the holy, and about loss and joy, these gorgeous poems praise 'a world at the same time / beautiful and broken.'" --Nicole Cooley, author of Breach
About the Author
Mary Anne Morefield was born in the Midwest. Now she spends part of each year in Pennsylvania, New York and Arizona. After graduating from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, she served as Chaplain at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She lived with her husband and children on an eighteenth-century farm where she tended her sheep, rode her horse and wandered through the woods and beside the creek. She often writes of these experiences. Her first book of poetry, Earth, Grass, Trees and Stone, was published by Coffeetown Press in 2015. For more information go to: maryannemorefield.com