A landscape of pine forests, palmettos, gopher tortoises, and armadillos contains the clues that guide Terry Ann Thaxton's search for herself. As a sixth-generation Floridian, she knows, however, that the natural world is never more than a stone's throw away from its destruction. The path she follows takes her to the edge of the past's sinkholes and the daily chaos of roads forever under construction. These poems make sharp turns. Trauma is never far from beauty, desire never far from fear, and images are often as surprising as they are stunning: "I know the value / of mud on a dog's paw. I want to wake / and disappear into the minutes / where the crows fly. / I want someone / to leave me in the clouds / and carry my gown across the night."
|Publisher:||Truman State University Press|
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About the Author
Terry Ann Thaxton has published two previous collections of poetry: Getaway Girl and The Terrible Wife, which won the 2014 Florida Book Award Bronze Medal. Her textbook, Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide, is a result of more than a decade of work training college students to provide creative writing opportunities to marginalized groups. Her poetry and prose have been published in journals such as Rattle, The Missouri Review, Connecticut Review, Hayden’s Ferry, West Branch, Tampa Review, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Teaching Artist Journal, Connotation Press Online Artifact, and others. She is professor of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she teaches creative writing and serves as the MFA Program Director.