To be quite honest, a great deal happens around hay, whether it be in the realm of landscape painting or the more salacious encounters one may find in risqué novels of the 19th century. Of course, if you were Alan Ritch, the creator of this rather intriguing website, you would probably confine yourself to the rather broad world of hay as it appears in various artistic endeavors, ranging from paintings to poetry. Visitors seeking some background on this rather novel field of inquiry might wish to begin by reading one of Ritch’s background essays, which include “Resting in the hay, 1592-1900”, “Introduction to the poetry of hay”, and “Montana wedding bales”. Even the more casual visitor should not miss the area dedicated to hay poems of the late twentieth century, which includes such works as John Kinsella’s “Wrapping the Hay” and Tom Montag’s visually arresting “Making Hay”. One thing is most certain: Visitors will most likely find themselves increasingly enjoying the nuances of hay after looking through the images and poems offered on this site.


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