A Students’ Treasury of Texas Poetry
7 x 10, 226 pp.
30 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 10/05/2007
Price:        $29.95


Published by Texas Christian University Press

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A Students’ Treasury of Texas Poetry

Edited by Billy Hill

Designed to enhance high school students’ appreciation of the rich variety of Texas poetry, A Students Treasury of Texas Poetry contains poems from the earliest beginnings of Texas, including work by Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar, to contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye, Larry McMurtry, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jas. Mardis, and Carmen Tafolla.

Hill groups the poems in categories, setting out the history of Texas from pre-history in poems like Larry D. Thomas’ “Caddoan Indian Mound” or Alan Birkelbach’s “Coronado Points,” to a chronicle of Texas counties in such poems as “Haiku: Hands shading my eyes,” by Michael Moore, or “The Poet Gets Drowsy on the Road,” by Frederick Turner. Texas poets examine the variety of family life in poems such as Red Steagall’s “The Memories in Grandmother’s Trunk,” or “Mi Tía Sofía” by Carmen Tafolla, or “Growing Up near Escondido Canyon,” by Walt McDonald.

Even the weather and Texas’ varied creatures are fodder for the poet’s speculation, and Hill includes “Good-bye Summer” by Jas. Mardis, and “Summer Begins Outside Dalhart, Texas,” by Mary Vanek, as well as “Mr. Bloomer’s Birds” by William D. Barney and “A Mockingbird,” by Boyce House.

The final chapter features attempts by poets to define the mysterious state that is Texas and includes “litany: blood in the soil/texas (an excerpt)” by Sharon Bridforth, “Our Texas Economy” by Chuck Taylor, among others.

Billy Bob Hill is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Hill has taught at several area colleges and universities and is responsible for several excellent short fiction anthologies and a number of other books by Texas writers. In 2002 he published Texas in Poetry 2 with TCU Press.


Alan Birkelbach
Texas in Poetry 2
Eve—from the Autobiography and Other Poems
Prose Sketches and Poems
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