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paul ruffin new and selected poemsPaul Ruffin: New and Selected Poems
Texas Poet Laureate Series

by Paul Ruffin

96 pages, 6 x 9 • Cloth $15.95
ISBN 978-0-87565-409-6

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To those who read literary journals or mid-list popular books, Paul Ruffin is a well-known author and poet. Ruffin is prolific in his writing, having published over a thousand poems, short stories, novels, and nonfiction pieces with decades of unfailing artistry. In the fifth installment of the TCU Texas Poet Laureate Series, editor Billy Bob Hill writes in his introduction that he has long admired Paul Ruffin’s use of poetic devices. Ruffin uses alliteration and subtle textured sounds throughout his poetry, making them likeably conversational while full of crafted sound patterns. Ruffin also employs whimsical narratives, coining the word “Necrofiligumbo” in “When the Mummy Became a Mommy.” But, Hill explains, the true power of this book comes from its storytelling. With the new material, readers will encounter compelling, often drop-dead funny storytelling.


Paul Ruffin, 2009 Poet Laureate of Texas, is Texas State University Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, where he edits The Texas Review and directs Texas Review Press. His books include two novels, three collections of short stories, two books of essays, and six collections of poetry.