Vanishing Points
Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials
Photography - Poetry
8.5 x 11, 160 pp.
60 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 09/30/2016
  paper
Price:        $22.95

978-1-68003-101-0

Published by Texas Review Press

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Vanishing Points

Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials

Sarah Cortez

Along Texas roadways rest thousands of contemplative shrines, usually marked by small, white metal crosses. Anchored by the stunning photography of roadside memorials by Dan Streck, this landmark book allows four poets to respond to the visual summons of roadside memorials with lyric intensity and eloquent ekphrasis: Larry D. Thomas, Jack B. Bedell, Sarah Cortez, and Loueva Smith. Graphic designer Nancy J. Parsons brings her award-winning skills to perfectly meld photography with poetry in this gorgeous volume.

A Plain, White Cross

It lists slightly
beside the highway.
Whoever placed it there
drove its upright

deep into the earth,
intimate with the tragedy
of wind and driving rain.
Knowing the certainty

of erasure, they left it
nameless, just a simple
wooden cross harboring,
for a while, the traces

of unbearable loss.
As if lit from within
with white light, it glows
beside the silent highway:

white light stark
as the grief of the bereaved,
white as the clouds above,
streaking, disintegrating.

                Larry D. Thomas

SARAH CORTEZ, resident of Houston, is the author of two poetry collections, How to Undress a Cop and Cold Blue Steel, a finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas awards, and a memoir, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston. She is the winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry and the Southwest Book Award.

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