The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas

Edited by William Wright, Paul Ruffin and Nick Lantz

Contributions by Carolyn Adams, Leslie Marie Aguilar, Lahab Assef Al-Jundi, Lou Amyx, Wendy Barker, Curtis Bauer, Alan Birkelbach, Suzette Bishop, Roberto Bonazzi, Bruce Bond, Ann Reisfeld Boutte, Jerry Bradley, Melissa Jones Brewer, Drew Buxton, Chantel Langlinais Carlson, Judith Carson, Rosemary Catacalos, Hayan Charara, Paul Christensen, George David Clark, Suzanne C. Cole, Sarah Cortez, Jerry Craven, Thomas Crofts, Noel Crook, Logen Cure, Carolyn Dahl, Chip Dameron, Robin Davidson, William Virgil Davis, Jennifer M. Dean, Chris Ellery, Sybil Pittman Estess, Tarfia Faizullah, Carrie Fountain, John Gorman, D.A. Gray, Laura Quinn Guildry, R.S. Gwynn, Albert Haley, Jerry Hamby, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Kurt Heinzelman, Tony Hoagland, Katherine Hoerth, Melissa Holm, Chloe Honum, Ann Howells, Saba Husain, Lindsay Illich, Glynn M. Irby, Lucas Jacob, Kathryn Jacobs, Michael Jennings, Richard E. Joines, Roger Jones, Fady Joudah, Laurie Klop, Nick Lantz, Jim Lavilla-Havelin, Rich Levy, Michael Lieberman, Janet Lowery, Corey Marks, Janet McCann, Anne McCrady, Walter McDonald, Nick McRae, Garret Middaugh, Terry Jude Miller, Bryce Milligan, Jonathan Moody, karla k. morton, Katie Darby Mullins, Laurence Musgrove, R.C. Neighbors, Naomi Shihab Nye, Dave Oliphant, Carl Palmer, Dave Parsons, Brady Peterson, John Posh, Jr. Rather Michael G., Cleatus Rattan, Mackenzie Regier, Charlotte Renk, Carol C. Reposa, Sally Ridgway, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Paul Ruffin, Mo H. Saidi, Jan Seale, Martha Serpas, Christopher Stephen Soden, Melissa Studdard, Gary D. Swain, Carmen Tafolla, Larry D. Thomas, Sidney Thompson, Jonathan Travelstead, Natalia Travino, Joseph R. Trombatore, Ronja Vieth, Celina Villagarcia, Loretta Diane Walker, Randall Watson, William Wenthe, Marilyn Westfall, Allyson Whipple, Mary F. Whiteside, Scott Wiggerman, Joe Wilkins, Dede Wilson, Miles Wilson and June Zaner

978-1-68003-063-1 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0.83 in
296 pp.
Pub Date: 05/07/2018


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Texas sprawls. No other state can claim such varied nationalities, geographies, and cultural richness—a largesse of natural resources, cityscapes, and landscapes of every ecosystem.

With a unique, raucous, and rich history, Texas also abounds with some of the most diverse contemporary poets, many of whom consider themselves “Southern,” and the eighth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology reflects this variegation with poems both traditional and experimental, Texas-centered and universal.


Chomping her chocolates
of fresh road kills, she swaggers
through her slop, oblivious

of the piglets she crushed
during last night’s slumber,
squishing through the splits

of her thick, cloven hooves.
The last boar which tried
to straddle her fabulous girth

fractured both forelegs.
She dined on his carcass
for days, grunting in the shade.

--Larry Thomas

The Southern Poetry Anthology

Published by Texas Review Press