Karla K. Morton

New and Selected Poems

By Karla K. Morton

Introduction by Billy Bob Hill

978-0-87565-414-0 Hardcover (Printed Case)
6 x 9. 96 pp. 1 b&w photo.
Pub Date: 09/21/2010
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Winner, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Women's Issues Category
As the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Karla K. Morton believes that poetry is everyone’s art, and has carved her place in Texas Letters with this stunning collection.

With well-loved titles such as “For Love and Michelangelo,” “The Closer,” “Why God Needs a Shotgun,” “Alamo Coastline,” “Woman in the Pipe Shop,” and “When Texas No Longer Fits in the Glove Box,” Morton's poetry will take you on a journey; her flowing style sparks memories and stirs emotions.
 
Here’s a short poem, inspired by a talk with her son, words of advice when he first fell in love:

Don't Be Nervous
when you see her.
Don't worry about
what you will say, or
how you will say it.
Just look at her,
and wonder
how your hand will fit
in the small of her back;
how many pins it takes
to hold up her hair. . .

It’s no wonder Morton has been called “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry . . .”
 

TCU Texas Poets Laureate Series

Published by Texas Christian University Press