This the Matter Is: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Robert Holland by Robert Holland
"This collection is a sampling of work by one of the most dynamic teachers of English ever to have graced this earth, a man of charm and intelligence and wit. From his earliest poetry to his latest, we see the evolution of this fine poet; we sample his scholarship, his touching serious fiction and children's tales, and his insightful newspaper columns; and finally, we see Robert Holland through his letters. The lives of hundreds of students were altered by the influence of this noblest of men, and for his contributions to education and literature, those of us touched by him should be so very grateful."-Paul Ruffin
About the Author: ROBERT HOLLAND taught for many years in the English Department at Mississippi State University, serving as chair from 1961 until his death in 1969. During his tenure there he served as editor of Mississippi Quarterly and also as chair of the Faculty Senate, which is now the Robert Holland Faculty Senate. He was deeply involved in improving high school English programs, and he developed teacher-training activities and a curriculum to introduce modern poetry into the public schools. He also established a black literature course at MSU and was committed to improving race relations on campus.