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james hoggard coverJames Hoggard: New and Selected Poems

by James Hoggard


96 pages, 6 x 9 • Cloth $18.95
ISBN 978-0-87565-583-3

 

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As the Texas Poet Laureate of 2000, James Hoggard writes beautifully on themes of love, loss, and nature. His unique voice, visual imagery, and carefully crafted syntax take his audience on a journey from Texas to Paris, Taos to Rome, and into their own pasts.

Here’s a brief poem titled “Drought” based on his experiences in the stark West Texas landscape:

So go ahead and call this place

the place that gets no rain

because no rain falls here

though memories say rains have

been here – they’ve swept

through ditches, they’ve flooded lawns

and drowned roads

so we’ve had rains,

a lot of rains, and with rain

winds strong enough

to rip ceiling joists loose

and hurl barn roofs away.

JAMES HOGGARD, of Wichita Falls, Texas, is a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, short story writer, and translator. His writing has won numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and the Short Story Award from TIL. He was an English professor at Midwestern State University from 1966-2013.