A different example of the self-reflexive statement, a suggestion of things falling apart in a Revelatory sort of way, may be found in Horse Latitudes
in the title "It Is What It is," a 16-line poem at the center of which is a red-leather New Testament, "lying open, Lordie, on her lap.
Presto: we are in the horse latitudes
of language, from which we'll never get out.
In foreign affairs, Democrats are stalled in the horse latitudes
The horse latitudes
, according to the dictionary, are "either of two ocean belts characterized by calms, light winds, high barometric pressure and hot, dry weather" and were given that name "because sailing vessels transporting horses to the West Indies often had to throw horses overboard because of water shortages resulting from delays while becalmed.
Offering barely two minutes of totality over remote waters in the horse latitudes
of the Indian Ocean and less at locations in Africa and Australia, this eclipse didn't have the popular appeal of the longer solar blackouts in 1998, 1999, and 2001.
is a surreal and bold tale of madness and despair that investigates the theme of colonialism past and present and the idea that though Britain no longer has an empire, it continues to rule as one within its national boundaries, with catastrophic results -- poverty and environmental degradation.
Books by Smith include Low Man on a Totem Pole (1941), Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1943), Lost in the Horse Latitudes
(1945), Rhubarb (1946), We Went Thataway (1949), People Named Smith (1950), London Journal (1952), The Compleat Practical Joker (1953), Rebel Yell (1954), Don't Get Perconel with a Chicken (1959), and How to Write Without Knowing Nothing (1961).
2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), and Horse Latitudes