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With exuberance and economy, Merrill Gilfillan’s Undanceable evokes the landscape of the American West through the geographic word. Place names, the texture of speech, and a certain aroma of nature permeate these pages. Ever alert to unforeseen connections, Gilfillan follows both eye and ear, his poems unfolding at the pace of consciousness.
A faint breeze
in the old swallow dens. A man
mounts a mare. And the roughlegs,
maculate riders, imperial
and tack, wiser than owls,
drift disdainfully south.