>pryor mountain ice


I’m really pleased to be included in this issue of Terrain.org, an online journal dedicated to our environments, both natural and built.
Both poems, And Yes, the River Waits and Pryor Mountain Ice are dear to me because they share some of Montana with you. The river poem also includes a rare appearance of one of my kidlins (something I don’t write about too often.) If you have time, you can click on the audio links next to each poem to hear me read.

If you have time, and I hope you do, follow the link below to watch a film about the wild mustangs referred to in Pryor Mountain Ice. You’ll need 51 minutes to watch the entire film, but even if you just have time to watch a few minutes, the film will give you an idea of this area of Montana (and Wyoming). Hats off to Ginger Kathrens for her tremendous documentary.


About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website: https://toomuchaugust.wordpress.com

7 responses to “>pryor mountain ice

  1. >Hearing you read your own work is magic…it gives them life and a familiarity that can't be matched by merely reading them on a page on a screen…thanks for that. I once did a long road trip from Orlando,Fla. to Eugene,Ore. crossing at some point through Wyoming and seeing mustangs running through the snow laden fields. I thought it was one of the most powerful things I've ever seen.

  2. >p.s…I have seen this story on PBS. It's a fantastic journey between horses and humans…sad in some parts but brave and triumphant all around.

  3. >kerry,yes, a fantastic journey between wild horse and human. i've not been up to the pryors for awhile and so watching the documentary both helped ease the way i miss the place and also ignite the desire to get back up there. i was hesitant to read the poems because hearing my own voice is a strange experience. thanks for listening!

  4. >What beautiful poems, Sherry…and there's such reverence in your voice.

  5. >Wouldn’t the river taste better with the moonacting as our lightoh lovely lovely sherry, also to hear your voice reading…..congrats!

  6. >I loved hearing you read your poems. I often think all poems should be read aloud by the author, sharing the nuances of the cadence we all work to achieve in the written form. Both poems are wonderful. And Yes, the River Waits is especially beautiful, with its final lines: "He is my son and thisis why I’ve missed him. Tasting winter wateris his way of coming home."

  7. >hi kass,i so appreciate you listening and reading. i was nervous about doing the recordings as i realized belatedly that the way i hear my poems differs from what others might hear. i'm glad the reverence came through.hi amanda,i'm thinking you've tasted river water in such settings. i really appreciate you listening and commenting. hi annie,thank you! now that i've had more time to consider the notion of reading my poetry outloud, i realize it is important to hear poems read by their poets. those last lines choked me read after read. it was hard to record without getting a bit teary. my son, on the other hand, lightly regards the entire experience and poem because how he is doesn't seem remarkable to him. he is how he is, he thinks.

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