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Pony Ride in the Sky

Pony Ride in the Sky

“Pony Ride in the Sky” was my senior year major project – a collection of poetry that, looking back at it now, really captures high school.  I dedicated that project to my grandfather Albert H. Morehead (writer) who met me but who I never really met (since he died the year I was born).  This collection was written during the 1984-85 school
year.

Introduction

This anthology is many things.  It is a collection of my better recent poetry.  It is a cross-section of my experiences.  It is a short history of my emotions.  And in some cases, an
experiment in creativity.  No one mood or theme sustains it – some poems are light verse, others serious, a few diversions in concrete poetry.  Each poem, however, reflets the specific feeling surrounding its creation.  Reading the anthology cover to cover should resemble a journey hinted at by the title poem.

“Pony Ride in the Sky” has been arranged in sections for several reasons.  Though no section is a beginning and end in itself, each covers a time period or emotion.  The reader is left to define these – no “chapter” is titled.  The book has been separated, also, to provide practical breaks in an extended narrative.

Perhaps it is appropriate to begin a student’s anthology with a definition of poetry by T.S. Eliot, “not the assertion that something is true, but the making of that truth more fully real to us.”

James Morehead, 1985

One Two Three Four Five
Screenplay

Formality

At the Copa

The Reyarp

Privacy

Mistake in Identity

Truth

On Vacation

Back Again

Two Hour Tuesdays

“terrified”

Waterfall

Desert Snow

Nirvana

“black ice”

Moment

Summer Cyclist

Rain

“my shirt”

Pony Ride in the Sky

Piano Player

Patience

Patrick Stares into a Dream

Lover

Message

The International

Southern Justice

Shhhh

Elevator Shopping

Rendezvous

Grey Beneath Sparkling
Trees

Silk Suspenders

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