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horse latitudes,

two belts of latitude where winds are light and the weather is hot and dry. They are located mostly over the oceans, at about 30° lat. in each hemisphere, and have a north-south range of about 5° as they follow the seasonal migration of the sun. The horse latitudes are associated with the subtropical anticycloneanticyclone,
region of high atmospheric pressure; anticyclones are commonly referred to as "highs." The pressure gradient, or change between the core of the anticyclone and its surroundings, combined with the Coriolis effect, causes air to circulate about the core in a clockwise
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 and the large-scale descent of air from high-altitude currents moving toward the poles. After reaching the earth's surface, this air spreads toward the equator as part of the prevailing trade winds or toward the poles as part of the westerlies. The belt in the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes called the "calms of Cancer" and that in the Southern Hemisphere the "calms of Capricorn." The term horse latitudes supposedly originates from the days when Spanish sailing vessels transported horses to the West Indies. Ships would often become becalmed in mid-ocean in this latitude, thus severely prolonging the voyage; the resulting water shortages would make it necessary for crews to throw their horses overboard.

Horse Latitudes


regions of the southern and northern hemispheres of the earth (between 30° and 35° N lat. and 30° and 35° S lat.). in the interior parts of the subtropical oceanic anticyclone belts, with light winds and frequent calms. The name “horse latitudes” goes back to the days of sailing ships, when the calms in the Atlantic Ocean forced the ships to stop for long periods of time, during which the lack of fresh water made it necessary to throw overboard the horses being transported from Europe to America.

horse latitudes

[′hȯrs ¦lad·ə‚tüdz]
The belt of latitudes over the oceans at approximately 30-35°N and S where winds are predominantly calm or very light and weather is hot and dry.
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Perhaps it is to Heaney's "Squarings" that Muldoon counters with a box cutter (stolen, I suspect, from another poem from Hay that echoes in Horse Latitudes, "Wire").
Peter MacDonald in Poetry Review concludes that Muldoon in Horse Latitudes "has little new to say" and that insofar as the poetry still has its "appeal" it is precisely through the "banality of the meaning," "which enables the obscurity, the endlessly-proliferating formal self involvement and the unconstrained instability of the diction to pass muster.
More alarmingly, "Paul" is in the recurrence of words that include, or otter synonyms for, "polls" that are axed, suggesting that the doctrine of correspondences so often consulted in The End of the Poem operates in Horse Latitudes to link battles but also, especially, revenge killings, sanctioned and otherwise, from the Irish past to those of the Iraqi present.
Which leads to the question, is there more or less Paul present in Horse Latitudes than in "'Sleevenotes" for the tact of his taking up the guitar when Zevon's was silenced?
At times like these, it's worth remembering the horse latitudes don't last forever, although it may seem like they do.
Centaurus, the Centaur, is, however, too far south for those of us above the northern horse latitudes to know whether Centaurus is on foot or on horseback.