Second Wind

Second Wind

Second Wind

By Patricia Frolander

Wyoming rancher Patricia Frolander's previous work Married into It received many prestigious awards, including a Western Heritage Center Wrangler Award and a Women Writing the West WILLA Award. After a period of loss and adjustment, Frolander “embraces a second wind” in these poems of validation and renewal, shown through community, family, nature, and ranch life. Frolander once again is able to capture on paper the essence of Wyoming ranch life. These 61 elegantly crafted poems, divided into three sections—Old Pasture, Drought, and Fresh Grass, take us through the seasons of her life on a working ranch.

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Second Wind

Second Wind

By Patricia Frolander

“Patricia Frolander gives her readers luminous moments as common as washing a gravestone near lilacs or stirring applesauce with “a spoon worn down on one side.” She gives us a landscape where horses are good people and lives are measured in horse miles ridden. Frolander can compress sixty years into fifteen lines. "
•• Connie Wanek, Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship

“In “Harvest,” Patricia Frolander delicately weaves the past with the present with the phrase “decorates paper with memory” and in “Dowry,” concisely captures the passage of time and generations. In “Bernice,” she eloquently blends baking with story to tell the life of her neighbor and friend, while giving the history of Houston Creek, Wyoming. If you appreciate great poetry, Second Wind belongs in your personal poetry collection."
•• Eugene M. Gagliano, Wyoming State Poet Laureate

Second Wind will touch the sturdiest of modern poets with subjects that are at the foundation of Patricia Frolander’s life."
•• Linda Hussa, Tokens in an Indian Graveyard, Black Rock Press University

Patricia Frolander

Patricia Frolander

Patricia Frolander is blessed to manage the family ranch in the Black Hills of Wyoming. She and her husband, Robert, who passed away three years ago, shared three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all of whom live close to the ranch. At this stage of her life she prefers the padded office chair at her desk.

Patricia’s first book, Grassland Genealogy, was published in 2009. Her second book, Married Into It, was published by High Plain Press in 2013 and garnered the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s coveted Wrangler Award, the WILLA Award, and High Plains Book Awards among others. Frolander’s self-published chapbook, Between the West Pasture and Home, was distributed in October 2019. Her poetry has been widely published in numerous anthologies and featured in journals, magazines, and newspapers over the past twenty-five years.

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