Published 2003 by Texas Tech University Press. Hardback. Blue & orange cloth board covers. Dust jacket. Very good condition throughout.
Poems by Poet Laureate Walt McDonald illustrated by striking images of the beautiful but desolate plains of West Texas by acclaimed photographer Wyman Meinzer.
This is a lasting tribute to the land that bore a state photographer and state poet laureate. Clarity, focus, and startling detail are the stuff of lasting images in poetry or photography. It is all about beholding, about taking in what is ours to absorb if only we will. Little can overwhelm the senses more than our great lonely plains, expanses of sky and horizon so enormous that sometimes composition gets lost in between.
Who better, then, to illuminate what would elude us than a native state photographer and native state poet laureate? Although Meinzer and McDonald have both devoted careers to seeing and celebrating these plains, garnering significant honours and awards along the way, neither had realised how much his work spoke to the others. Now seventy-seven pairs of poems and colour photographs testify to the kinship of poet, photographer, and all of us who inhabit their territory.
Selected from hundreds of photographs and poems, these pairs show surprising harmony of vision and insights about the vast, wide plains, their dramatic colours, and the calm, vigorous people who thrive beneath their sprawling skies, accepting the risks and splendour of it all.
A delightful book that celebrates the culture and majesty of the Texas landscape.