Black Birds : Blue Horse

ISBN: 9781105543609
Publication date: April, 2012
37 pages, 5.3" x 7"


I wonder that one of them will find you out there,
keeping in its beak a small sound like a small
fire in a box                    by the night.


"Natalie Peeterse’s Black Birds : Blue Horse is remarkable for its urgency and power. This precisely envisioned elegiac sequence is both intimate and public, reckoning its speaker’s passage through both the urban landscape of Washington, D. C. and the distant wartime nightmare of Afghanistan. We live in an age that is corrosive in its details, and this superb chapbook reminds us of the raw weather we all now live within — and of the ways the world, at times, can simply collapse upon us."

– David St. John, judge of the 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition

Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana.  Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Sonora Review and Strange Machine, among other journals. Her poems have appeared in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press) and other anthologies. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and was most recently an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute in central Oregon. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her family.

Book design by Diana Arterian.

Book cover art by Richelle Gribble, whose work was presented in numerous exhibitions including three solo shows at the Helen Lindhurst Gallery in Los Angeles, the International Print Center New York Gallery, and at Christie’s in the Rockefeller Center salesroom.


Awarded the Artist's Innovation Award from The Montana Arts Council

Review in Broadkill Review

Review in Coldfront

Review in The Conium Review

Review in Fifth Wednesday Journal

Review in The Literary Review


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