Read, as poetry, the names of the Derby winners and of champion roses.
RON McLARTY, synopsis of Memory of Running and question to group "Do you think that people
can change their lives profundly without initially intending to do so?"
LEWIS CARROLL, "The Queen's croquet party" from Chapter VIII
of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (from an edition signed by Alice Liddell)
GEORGE ADE, excerpts from
"The Fable of How Uncle Brewster Was Too Shifty for the Tempter" from More Fables.
DAN FOLGELBERG, popular song lyric "Run for the Roses."
Mary DiZazzo Trumbull
"Racing's Royal Bloodlines" from the May 2, 2008 Wall Street Journal: How it came about that all the entries
in the 134th Kentucky Derby are from the line of "Native Dancer," a line that produces very fast horses with tendency toward
ailments of the feet.
WALKER PERCY, exerpts from "Bourbon, Neat" as published in the Claremont Review, fall 2001.
CARLOS GARDEL (and ALFREDO LE PERA), Tango "Por Una Cabeza"
([losing] by one [horse] head).
JORGE LUIS BORGES, selections from interviews.
Amy Pease Wright
Poem "Mystery Lady"
ROBERT BENCHLEY, "They're Off!" from Benchley Lost and Found.