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Marilyn Griggs

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Thomas Hornsby Ferril, 1896–1988, was a major figure in literary circles of the American West for nearly half a century. Winner of the 1926 Yale Younger Poets award for High Passage, and honored by such poets as Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost, Ferril created poetry that is musical, metrical, and meant to be read aloud. Anvil of Roses was Ferril’s sixth collection of poetry and demonstrates his comprehension of and love for the landscape and mythology of the West. With clarity, precision, and, above all, music, Ferril's work speaks of love, war, the world, and all things human. Ahsahta Press published Anvil of Roses in 1983, and also carries the reprint of Ferril’s 1934 book Westering, originally published by Yale University Press.