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Yvonne Carpenter


Taos Parade

Death rode a poor horse.
Between the boisterous conquistadors
laughing in their metal helmets
and the sullen boys portraying the priests

came the lone figure with a painted face
and a thin blanket around his shoulders,
the terror beyond the reach
of church and state, the one that

drives us out into the desert.



Writing from an Oklahoma wheat farm, Yvonne Carpenter weaves the gritty insights of animals and soil into her poetry. Her two chapbooks are To Capture Fine Spirits (Haystack Publishing, 2004) and Barbed Wire and Paper Dolls (Village Books Press), and her work has appeared in Red Dirt Anthology, Grain, and Concho River Review.

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