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The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Myths of Electricity - Meaux

The Texas Review Press, over at Sam Houston State University, runs a pretty good line of books, not all of which are Texas themed.  Here are two tinged with Louisiana.  Their distribution is through the TAMU Consortium


 Myths of Electricity.  By Kevin Meaux. Huntsville:  Texas Review Press, 2005.  40 pp. 5 1/2x8 ½,  paper, ISBN 1-881515-73-7   $8.95


Meaux, born and educated in the Pelican State, took the occasion to cross the Sabine and to teach at Lamar University in Beaumont.   This volume, like Come Rain, dwells on the rural nature and person.  The poet writes with respect and a playful, exploratory mind.  He mixes for you here snakes, ghosts, abandonment, magic, omens, prayers, and immortality.  Some lines could be made in East Texas, as in "On visiting a Childhood Home," "As always, the summer unreels into wisteria / and dense clumps of honeysuckle, enthralling the backyard bees."  And some lines could end anywhere, as in "Hymn for Abandoned Things," "And whatever's neglected / will inherit the hushed corners of the kingdom, / as winds alone compose the low hymns / for all that's tarnished and born again among the weeds."

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