Parsons' third collection of poems, as in his previous books, carries the reader too many geographies, both physical and cerebral. The poems, perhaps his most eclectic and revealing, return to Austin, Texas, in the turbulent and carnal sixties, the sublime Hill Country streams, rth to Montana's Mystic Lake and hallowed Indian battle grounds, and with the deftness of a wise and worldly guide, you will travel the tender valves of the heart, where all creativity finds its passion, to the very quay, that zone between reality and the possible, what Garcia Lorca called duende. FEATHERING DEEP After Edward Hirsch's The Angel and the Demon I believe it to be unlike any other conveyance the manner in which it carries us in upon its own silence the way an idea drifts into the grey divide where we find ourselves in that sacred state--easing quietly into the dark duende to unconscious understanding a lone cae at midnight--blades paddling deep--smoothly and deftly feathering that largest of bodies
DAVID M. PARSONS, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, grew up in Austin, Texas and after serving in the United States Marine Corps, he attended The University of Texas and Texas State University. After several years in business, advertising, and coaching at Bellaire High School, he received an M.A. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Houston. His first collection of poems, Editing Sky, was the winner of the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize and the Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation. Parsons' second book, Color of Mourning, followed in 2007. Parsons teaches Creative Writing and Kinesiology at Lone Star College.