Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Departure and a Lesson

The manuscript is gone. I bought a celebratory cigar and you won't have to listen to me whine about that anymore.

Here's a poem by Henry Taylor from An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1992 reprint ed., Louisiana State University Press):


I learned two things
from an early riding teacher.
He held a nervous filly
in one hand and gestured
with the other, saying, "Listen.
Keep one leg on one side,
the other leg on the other side,
and your mind in the middle."

He turned and mounted.
She took two steps, then left
the ground, I thought for good.
But she came down hard, humped
her back, swallowed her neck,
and threw her rider as you'd
throw a rock. He rose, brushed
his pants and caught his breath,
and said, "See, that's the way
to do it. When you see
they're gonna throw you, get off."


Blogger BRENT GOODMAN said...

Congrats on getting the mss out to print after one heck of a toil-n-trouble! I recently had to rekey my entire collection after a PC crash and it is no fun task. I look forward to reading your latest! When is it due out?

5:27 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


It should be on the streets in September, 2007. I have to round up some blurbs, come up with some cover art, etc., but (other than asking for blurbs--that's always a bit embarassing, particularly if someone says "Sorry, can't do!"––what's left is the easy stuff.

Greg R.

3:44 PM  

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