Texas

The current state poet laureate of Texas is Jenny Browne, who was appointed in 2017 and is serving a one-year term. Browne is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Dear Stranger (University of Tampa Press, 2013). She received the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as several fellowships from the National Endowment of Arts and the San Antonio Artist Foundation. Browne currently teaches creative writing, environmental literature, and women and gender studies at Trinity University in San Antonio.

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Mar 23 2018
Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

7:30pm
508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, Texas
Dec 04 2017
PoeTree
Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? If so, the PoeTree Club welcomes you. Whether you're a beginning writer or a published poet, we'd love to have you join us on the first and third Mondays of each month (except on holidays).
 
6:00pm
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.
78249 San Antonio, Texas
Nov 20 2017
PoeTree
Do you enjoy reading and writing poetry? Then join us for a lively discussion of the art. Whether you're a novice writer or a professional poet, the PoeTree Club welcomes you.
 
6:00pm
13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy.
78249 San Antonio, Texas

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poems

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Sunday takes us to the relic-boxes of small Texas towns,
their shops of Sears and Roebuck
            sewing machine stands,
bordello bedframes, and scrap-metal lawn art: a butterfly
stakes a Spartan garden
            with pollen rust.
Learning the hard way not to touch even the brass panel
of a swinging
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Old fang-in-the-boot trick. Five-chambered
asp. Pit organ and puff adder. Can live
in any medium save ice. Charmed by the flute
or the first thunderstorm in spring, drowsy
heart stirs from the cistern, the hibernaculum,
the wintering den of stars. Smells like the cucumber
served

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Jim

You looked Texas today
road hard, scrubbed brush, blown tires
gasoline islands

But later California returned—fortune’s poster child
radiating. Truck full of gas,
cheap camera in the glove compartment
stuffed toys on the dashboard,
beads on the steering wheel,
a pretty girl’s