Today's poem is "Forecast"
from The Smoke of Horses

BOA Editions

Charles Rafferty is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, Fall 2017); one collection of short stories; and six poetry chapbooks. His most recent poetry collection is The Unleashable Dog (Steel Toe Books, 2014). He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. His short stories have been collected in Saturday Night at Magellan's, and his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. He lives in Sandy Hook, CT, where he works at a technology research firm, directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College, and is on the faculty of the Westport Writers' Workshop.

Other poems by Charles Rafferty in Verse Daily:
January 16, 2016:   "Jesus's Brother" "It was difficult living..."
November 10, 2014:   "The Man With a Missing Dog" "One evening, while searching for a dog..."
June 27, 2011:   Two poems "It is cloudless and moonless and breezeless..."
November 7, 2006:   "Landslide" " Suddenly what loomed..."

Books by Charles Rafferty:

Other poems on the web by Charles Rafferty:
Five poems
Two poems
"After Seeing on Google Earth..."
"On Being Asked if I'd Ever Been To Georgia"
Two poems
Four poems

Charles Rafferty's Website.

Charles Rafferty According to Wikipedia.

Charles Rafferty on Twitter.

Charles Rafferty on Facebook.

About The Smoke of Horses:

"Charles Rafferty has given the prose poem a new identity. Poem after poem, in his wonderful The Smoke of Horses, is lucidly mysterious. It's as if Charles Simic got together with Robert Hass to discuss a day in the life of, say, Rene Magritte or, better yet, Milton Avery. In other words, there's a wonderful intelligence at work here that becomes a sensibilty, a quality that normalizes the odd, the strange, and makes the life it depicts as surprising and as humorous as, well, life itself."
—Stephen Dunn

"One after another, always surprising, the transcendent short tales and meditations in Charles Rafferty's The Smoke of Horses are sometimes lyrical and ecstatic, sometimes funny and self-deprecating, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully precise in their odd and individual depiction of our very human everyday life. The narrator may compare himself to a grackle, the grackle's song to a rusty gate, and the reader takes wing along with him. A pleasure to read."
—Lydia Davis

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