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Tom Pickard lives at the edge of Fiend's Fell in the North Penine Hills on the English-Scottish border. He is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, including The Dark Months of May (Flood Editions, 2004) and Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood Editions, 2007). A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ballad of Jamie Allan was written as a libretto for the composer John Harle and performed at the Sage Gateshead in Durham, England (and recently released as a CD). It concerns an eighteenth-century gypsy musician who died in Durham jail where he was serving a life sentence for stealing a horse at the age of seventy. His reputation as a great musician was matched by his reputation as an outlaw, or to quote Walter Scott, "a desperate reprobate."

"Pickard's erotic lyrics have a terrific economy, swiftness and obscene (and alas unquotable) directness, conjuring remembered sex, shared blankets, beds, knives and regret."
- Maureen McLane, Chicago Tribune

March Horses



Tom Pickard
wind tunnels
a hill's furrow

where crows hang and skate

two black blades
slicing air and less

than a feather
between them


Copyright © 2007 by Tom Pickard.
Reproduced by permission of Flood Editions.



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