National Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996 and has become the largest literary celebration in the world. April, as well as being National Poetry Month, is prime time for attending steeplechases. This past weekend the Atlanta Steeplechase was held in Kingston, GA and it was a beautiful weather day with majestic thoroughbreds, playful hounds, bagpipers, and Clydesdale horses.
As at any event there are the requisite vendors and this year the Atlanta Steeplechase had someone special there. Tennent Neville, a poet from Black Mountain, North Carolina was in attendance with beautifully bound copies of his book entitled Horse Verse. Mr. Neville’s poetry is stream of consciousness verse, a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. According to Google, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents. Mr. Neville gave me permission to post one of his poems here for my readers:
l i f e o n a r a c e t r a c k
a m n e a r t h e f a r a w a y
t u r n o f t h e s t r e t c h
y e t n o w o n m y o w n w a y
t o t h e h o m e s t r e t c h
a n d y o u a r e h a l f w a y
a l o n g b a c k s t r e t c h
y e t o n l y o n y o u r w a y
t o o w n h o m e s t r e t c h
o f h o r s e r a c e t r a c k
My most recent book purchase has brought me a great deal of joy during this National Poetry Month and month of steeplechases. If you would like to enjoy Mr. Neville’s beautiful book and stream of consciousness verse you should write to him at P.O. Box 354, Black Mountain, NC 28711. His slim volume of poems was $20, and is well worth that for such a beautifully bound book of Horse Verse. Quite an unusual and wonderful find!