//8: Southern Poetry Anthology, VIII: Texas

8: Southern Poetry Anthology, VIII: Texas

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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 each ecosystem.

With a unique, raucous, and wealthy history, Texas also abounds with one of the crucial such a lot diverse latest poets, many of whom imagine 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 clean road kills, she swaggers
through her slop, oblivious

of the piglets she crushed
right through last night’s slumber,
squishing throughout 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 within the shade.

–Larry Thomas