The Border
5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.
Pub Date: 07/29/2002
Price:        $12.00


Published by Texas Review Press

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Author named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas for 2004. Winner of the 2002 Texas Review Poetry Prize.

The Border

By Cleatus Rattan

A former marine, CLEATUS RATTAN ranches a hundred miles west of Fort Worth near the little town of Cisco, a small town of some three thousand souls cinched by the Bible Belt. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Free of the Flesh and 130 Miles to Dallas, winner of the 1982 Texas Review Poetry Prize; in 1996 he won the Mesquite Prize and in 2002 the New Texas Poetry Prize. He was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas for 2004.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Wise and savvy, Cleatus Rattan's The Border re-creates with delicacy, humor, and craftsmanship allegories from the hard-scrabble living out West Texas way. Not surprisingly, the truths out there are the same as the truths everywhere, in any time, in any heart." --Jack Myers

"When you read a poem by Cleatus Rattan, you know what's important—family. And, of course, humor. There's a feeling of continuity, of pattern, of this is the way life should be when you read his poetry. Any words I say will not do justice to the depths of love, of understanding, of humanity that come through these poems." --Donna Walker Nixon

"The Border is a hearty collection of memories by a poet with an eye for detail and a sensitivity for resuscitating the emotions of the past with artistry. Cleatus Rattan's smooth Southwestern voice brings a warm charm to his litany of elegies for places, mentors, old friends, and relatives." --Dave Parsons

"Cleatus Rattan's poems just keep getting better and better, year after year. Rattan's poems are like old friends you hope will never die." --Jim Linebarger


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