“Riding Several Horses”

Kelly R. Samuels created “Riding Several Horses” from George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-1872). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Kelly writes:

I have never loved Eliot’s Middlemarch.  Upon recently rereading it, I marked parts and phrases I liked. The second were what I took to generate this piece, shuffling them about to make something new—an exercise I have since done with other classic novels I respect but do not necessarily hold a great fondness for. Doing so was immensely pleasurable and offered me a way to creatively engage with novels that haven’t been favorites of mine; it was a form of playing, and, in the end, I came to appreciate the language, if not the narrative.


Also by Kelly R. Samuels at Heron Tree: “Breakage” and “Summer Branch Drop / Sudden Demise.