Feathering Deep
5.5 x 8.5, 72 pp.
Pub Date: 08/19/2011
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Feathering Deep

David Parsons

Parsons’ third collection of poems, as in his previous books, carries the reader too many geographies, both physical and cerebral. The poems, perhaps his most eclectic and revealing, return to Austin, Texas, in the turbulent and carnal sixties, the sublime Hill Country streams, north to Montana’s Mystic Lake and hallowed Indian battle grounds, and with the deftness of a wise and worldly guide, you will travel the tender valves of the heart, where all creativity finds its passion, to the very quay, that zone between reality and the possible, what Garcia Lorca called duende.


After Edward Hirsch’s
“The Angel and the Demon”

I believe it to be
unlike any other

the manner in which
it carries us in
upon its own silence

the way an idea drifts
into the grey divide
where we find ourselves

in that sacred state—easing
quietly into the dark duende
to unconscious understanding

a lone canoe at midnight—blades
paddling deep—smoothly
and deftly feathering
that largest of bodies

DAVID M. PARSONS, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, grew up in Austin, Texas and after serving in the United States Marine Corps, he attended The University of Texas and Texas State University. After several years in business, advertising, and coaching at Bellaire High School, he received an M.A. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Houston. His first collection of poems, Editing Sky, was the winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and the Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation. Parsons’ second book, Color of Mourning, followed in 2007. Parsons teaches Creative Writing and Kinesiology at Lone Star College.


Color of Mourning
Editing Sky
Rogue Waves
Prose Sketches and Poems
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