Anyone who has walked the dry, dusty hills outside Alpine, at the foot of the Davis Mountains, will kw a little of what Larry Thomas writes about, with mastery and skill, and deep understanding. Larry Thomas grew up in this hot, dry country, where survival was everything, and the terrors of nature were spiritual lessons. His poems, taut, taciturn, chiselled out of the silence he learned there, are achingly pure lyrics; and are fables in their own way. These poems celebrate a place I love, a hard place, but one of rare beauty and depth, and, in its own way, an altar of strange gods. Paul Christensen With an intensity and delight, Larry Thomas evokes two major concerns in his new volume: the drama of the land and the wonders of perception. And again, as we've seen in his finer work before, it's the immediacy of story that gives his work its gritty yet lyrical texture. James Hoggard
Larry D. Thomas, born and raised in West Texas, currently resides in Houston and Galveston. His three previous poetry collections received several prizes and wards: Amazing Grace, the 2001 Texas Review Poetry prize, the 2003 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Poetry Book of 2002, and a 2002 Spur Award Finalist citation (Western writers of America); The Woodlanders, a 2002 Violet Crown Book Award Special Citation (Writer?s League of Texas); and The lighthouse Keeper, a Small Press Review ?pick-of-the-issue.? Among the numerous national journals that have published his poetry and reviews are International Poetry Review, Louisiana Literature, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Southwest Review, The Texas Observer, and the Texas Review. His poems have been anthologized in the Anthology of magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (1997 edition), The Big Roundup, New Texas (2001, 2002 and 2003), and Texas in Poetry 2.