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Poet? Texas? Same Sentence?

11 Jun
Poet? Texas? Same Sentence?

As a matter of fact, yes.

I picked up this slim volume of verse about a week ago at a library book sale. It’s titled “Between Eternities” and the author was Grace Noll Crowell. She was originally born in Iowa in 1877 and moved to Texas in 1917. She was appointed the Poet Laureate of Texas in 1936 and held the position for three years.

“Between Eternities” (Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1944) was published during World War II and contains some poignant lines about faith in a time of war.

Yet many have shared the agony of God,

The day his Son was nailed upon a cross;

They, too, have given clean sons who have trod

Dark calvary, and bravely borne their loss.

From the poem “Wartime Mothers.”

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Old Books, Poetry, What I'm Reading

 

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4 responses to “Poet? Texas? Same Sentence?

  1. robstroud

    June 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that some states have Poet Laureates worth reading!

     
  2. Rob

    June 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Did you see that the U.S. has a new Poet Laureate? Her name is Natasha Trethewey and her poems focus on race, politics and historical injustice. Which is fine, I guess. But I remember when poetry dealt with transcendent ideas and was somewhat uplifting. Oh, well . . .

    Thanks for commenting!

     
    • David

      June 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      While I do love poetry in general, I’m pretty cynical regarding much of what is written in the past 90 to 100 years or so for that very reason: what seems to be an unhealthy obsession with negativity and issues that, while important in their own way, are nonetheless not themselves transcendent truth, and often get in the way of it. It’s always seemed to me that poetry at its best should be about beauty, even if it’s tragic beauty… But maybe that’s more a sign of my youth and need to grow.

       
  3. Rob

    June 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I’d say it’s a sign of your maturity, David. Politics has infected too many things in this country, and poetry is one of the things that has suffered. There is more to life than politics. Of course, poetry is suffering from postmodernism as well. I’ll have to get into that in the future. (Not that I’m any kind of expert on poetry!) Great comment. Thanks.

     

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