Winner of the 2003 Western Heritage Award for best book of poetry. Winner of the 2001 Texas Review Poetry Prize.
About the Author
LARRY D. THOMAS, born and raised in West Texas, earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of Houston. In 1998, he retired from a career in adult criminal justice with the Harris County, Texas, Community Supervision and Corrections Department, where he served as a branch manager from 1983-1998. Book-length manuscripts of Thomas's poetry were selected as finalists in the 1993 and 1997 Southern and Southwestern Poets Breakthrough Series competitions sponsored by Texas Review Press and the Summer 2000 Pecan Grove Press national chapbook competition. His poetry and reviews have appeared in numerous national journals, including the Southwest Review, Poet Lore, The Midwest Quarterly,The Texas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Cottonwood, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Puerto del Sol, Writers' Forum, The Chattahoochee Review, International Poetry Review, The Cape Rock and Louisiana Literature.
"Larry Thomas's Amazing Grace is Texas in poetry but speaks, as fine poetry does, to more than just Texas. Just as Georgia O'Keeffe's starkly beautiful paintings of the Palo Duro Canyon speak to a myriad of audiences, Thomas's poems, set among the land, cattle, and people living in the stark and often dangerous beauty of various parts of Texas, speak to the human condition, not simply the Texas condition." —H. Palmer Hall