As the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Karla K. Morton believes that poetry is everyone’s art, and has carved her place in Texas Letters with this stunning collection.
With well-loved titles such as “For Love and Michelangelo,” “The Closer,” “Why God Needs a Shotgun,” “Alamo Coastline,” “Woman in the Pipe Shop,” and “When Texas No Longer Fits in the Glove Box,” Morton's poetry will take you on a journey; her flowing style sparks memories and stirs emotions. Here’s a short poem, inspired by a talk with her son, words of advice when he first fell in love:
Don't Be Nervous
when you see her.
Don't worry about
what you will say, or
how you will say it.
Just look at her,
how your hand will fit
in the small of her back;
how many pins it takes
to hold up her hair. . .
It’s no wonder Morton has been called “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry . . .”
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KARLA K. MORTON's work has been published in such esteemed literary journals, both electronic and print, as Amarillo Bay, REAL, descant, Langdon Review, New Texas, Illya’s Honey, Borderlands, and Southwestern American Literature. Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie, her book/ CD released by Lagniappe in 2007, blends poetry and original music by Canadian composer Howard Baer. Redefining Beauty, a book of poetry and photographs about Morton's will to survive breast cancer, was published by Dos Gatos Press in 2009. In 2010 Morton has three other new releases: Becoming Superman (Zone Press); Stirring Goldfish (Finishing Line Press); and Names We’ve Never Known (Texas Review Press) in addition to the TCU Press title.Review:
Star-Telegram senior arts writer Andrew Marton said, “[Karla Morton] recites her evocative rhyming verse with the conviction of a secular, literary evangelist, humbly offering them as a potentially healing balm.”
(Andrew Marton Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
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