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Jane Springer

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Jane Springer is the author of Dear Blackbird, (University of Utah Press, 2007) and Murder Ballad (Alice James Books, 2012). Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry series and the Pushcart anthology, and she’s received fellowships or awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Whiting Foundation. She teaches literature and creative writing at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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Who made the banjo sad & wrong?
Who made the luckless girl & hell bound boy?
Who made the ballad? The one, I mean,
where lovers gallop down mountain brush as though in love—
where hooves break ground to blood earth scent.
Who gave the boy swift words to woo the girl from home,
& the girl too pretty