A Students' Treasury of Texas Poetry by Billy Bob Hill


A Students' Treasury of Texas Poetry by Billy Bob Hill

Designed to enhance high school students' appreciation of the rich variety of Texas poetry, A Students' Treasury of Texas Poetry contains poems from the earliest beginnings of Texas, including work by Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar, to the work of contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye, Larry McMurtry, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jas. Mardis, and Carmen Tafolla. Hill groups the poems in categories, setting out the history of Texas from pre-history in poems like Larry D. Thomas' Caddoan Indian Mound or Alan Birkelbach's Coronado Points, to a chronicle of Texas counties in such poems as Haiku: Hands shading my eyes, by Michael Moore, or The Poet Gets Drowsy on the Road, by Frederick Turner. Texas poets examine the variety of family life in poems such as Red Steagall's The Memories in Grandmother's Trunk, Mi Tia Sofia, by Carmen Tafolla, or Growing Up near Escondido Canyon, by Walt McDonald. Even the weather and Texas' varied creatures are fodder for the poet's speculation, and Hill includes Good-bye Summer, by Jas. Mardis, and Summer Begins Outside Dalhart, Texas, by Mary Vanek, as well as Mr. Bloomer's Birds, by William D. Barney, and A Mockingbird, by Boyce House. The final chapter features attempts by poets to define the mysterious state that is Texas and includes, among others, litany: blood in the soil/texas (an excerpt), by Sharon Bridforth, and Our Texas Economy, by Chuck Taylor.

About the Author

BILLY HILL is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Hill has taught at several area colleges and universities and is responsible for several excellent short fiction anthologies and a number of other books by Texas writers. In 2002 he published Texas in Poetry 2 with TCU Press.

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280 pages


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Publication date

15th November 2007



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