The Horse Fair (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822957201, 104pp.
Publication Date: March 9, 2000
The Horse Fair takes its name from Bonheur's monumental painting and serves as the vehicle through which Becker explores anti-Semitism, cross-dressing, and Bonheur's lifelong relationships with women. In Becker's hands, The Horse Fair transports us to the communal plaza where we come to barter and to buy, to study one another, to touch the foundation upon which we build our temporary habitations.
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Praise For The Horse Fair (Pitt Poetry Series)…
--Arts & Culture
“Becker seems to have found a kind of bittersweet peace for herself. . . . This generous poet is never less than attentive and responsive to the world that surrounds her.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Through a wide variety of forms, Becker’s strong yet soulful voice is especially adept at studying people forced to coexist on the fringe."
“Throughout The Horse Fair, Becker’s painstaking, empathic use of language celebrates a patient yet intrepid dedication to art as well as the indomitable spirit of life---human or otherwise---in the face of oppression and death. . . . The Horse Fair contains Robin Becker’s strongest poetry to date.”
“What I love in Robin Becker’s poems is how much the world is with her; characters, histories, animals, places, and things crowd onto these pages, inscribing them with the cries of the living. Becker is against silence; she instructs the world, instead, to ‘Harpsichord me. Entail me. Depose me’ in these shapely poems marked by her curious, tender, worldly presence.”
“It's hard to know where to begin praising this collection, it contains so many virtues: unremitting, intellectual brilliance and acute historical understanding, especially about being an outsider and a survivor. I go to Robin Becker's poetry as I might go to a great novelist like George Eliot or Carol Shields—to experience the news they bring back from the world and its interpretation by a major mind.”
“I treasure these redemptive poems by Robin Becker, who writes with compassion and amazing vitality about the grief, afflictions, and foibles of trees, animals, and humans bound together on this dangerous planet. Her book is an exquisite manual on how to live.”
“Describing a woodpecker, Robin Becker writes, ‘Far-flung orbit of energy . . . a restless aptitude drives her hungers . . .’ She could just as well be describing her own far flung imagination, her own hungers made manifest in language. The Horse Fair is a beautifully crafted book, wise and forgiving.”