ByJulia Shipley

Julia Shipley is an independent writer and a subsistence farmer in Vermont, married to six acres and one man.

  1. I.

    Joy Harjo counts horses, “She had horses who were bodies of sand. /She had horses who were maps drawn of blood…” in her landmark poem, “She Had Some Horses.” 

    Donald Hall, he’s known horses too: “O Roger, Mackerel, Riley, Ned, Nellie, Chester, Lady Ghost,” he keens at the end of his brutal poem, “The Names of Horses.” 

    Here in northern Vermont, we know dairy cattle, and recite