The Waltz He Was Born For

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Texas Poet Laureate Walt McDonald has published more than eighteen volumes of award-winning poetry. A poet of the landscape, of war and flying, of people just working hard, McDonald is master of the vital image and sound. And he is a poet whose work invites writers such as these gathered here to find and define the elements that delight and fascinate. Each contributor to this volume has followed his own trek of discovery in McDonald’s harsh landscapes of arroyos and hardscrabble, in his skies filled with joy and ...

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Overview

Texas Poet Laureate Walt McDonald has published more than eighteen volumes of award-winning poetry. A poet of the landscape, of war and flying, of people just working hard, McDonald is master of the vital image and sound. And he is a poet whose work invites writers such as these gathered here to find and define the elements that delight and fascinate. Each contributor to this volume has followed his own trek of discovery in McDonald’s harsh landscapes of arroyos and hardscrabble, in his skies filled with joy and terrors, in those night sweats of pilots. Here, in the territory Walt McDonald has claimed, these writers have found gold. Their essays analyze McDonald’s writings about war and the veteran’s return to civilian life, the regional grounding of his far-reaching verities, and the writer himself. Some discuss his aesthetic strategies; others examine McDonald in relation to other writers. Still others explore the religious imagery, thought, and implications of McDonald’s poetry. One looks at the poet within the context of his fiction, A Band of Brothers, McDonald’s elegiac and only collection of short stories. Concluding the study is an interview with McDonald. "[His] is the voice of Texas, a landscape that has inspired countless pages of fine prose, but had lacked its defining poet before McDonald, with what seems in retrospect like astonishing ease, filled the role.”from Andrew Hudgins’s introduction “What McDonald does—has always done—is to offer a modest proposal for stemming what he eloquently depicts as an unconscionable moment in life. He knows that the race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, so he pleads for a sort of cosmic compassion, even if the compassion is unearned and the cosmos fundamentally merciless.” —Jerry Bradley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896724877
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Transcending Hardscrabble: The Evolving Vision of Walt McDonald 1
An Introduction
I Overview of Works
All His Hands Can Do: The Poetry of Walt McDonald 16
II War and the Return of the Veteran
Domestic Tranquillity and National Defense: The Personal History of Walt McDonald 30
Reclaiming the Homefront: Walt McDonald's Peacekeeping Soldiers 37
McDonald's A Band of Brothers: A Plea for a Deeper Understanding 48
III The Southwest in McDonald's Poems
Walt McDonald's Beautiful Wasteland 62
Unignored Plunder: The Texas Poems of Walt McDonald 80
An Uneasy Truce: Wildness and Domesticity in the Poems of Walt McDonald 92
Walt McDonald, Poet of the Southwest 100
Poetry to Trespass For 111
IV Aesthetic Strategies
Walt McDonald's Poetry: Images of Man's Acceptance of His Place in Time 122
Angel and Mirage: Concerns of Imagination in Walt McDonald and Wallace Stevens 134
How to Spin Rightly: Walt McDonald's Vision of the Artist 148
V Religious Imagery, Thought, and Implications
"Dark Pearls": An Introduction to Walter McDonald's Poetic Journey of Faith 162
Intimations of Higher Matters: Anagogical Closure in Walter McDonald's Burning the Fence 175
Perseverance in Walt McDonald's Poetry 185
Forms of Incarnation in the Recent Poetry of Walter McDonald 195
VI In McDonald's Own Words
An Interview with Walt McDonald, April 2000 216
Notes 227
Works Cited 232
Works 240
Works about Walt McDonald 241
Contributor's Notes 246
Index 249
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