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Jo Sarzotti

Jo Sarzotti is the author of Mother Desert (Graywolf Press 2012).  She directs the Liberal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and lives in New York City.

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Horse Latitudes

The past lies in the brine
                            Of equatorial water,
Parchment-folded,
Black ink veining where the quill paused.

Rich doldrums
                            Full of gold
Where Spanish sailors
                            Threw the Queen’s horses,
Palomino, the color of her hair.

On the Outer Banks
                            Each wave a breaking 
Promise of the New World,
                            Lost colonies,
Lost ships, wild ponies
                                          Swimming even now.