This collection of poems documents the evolution of a talented and original Texan poet through his 40-year career. A seminal figure in the small press movement of the 1960s and ’70s in Texas, Charles “Chip” Dameron’s work is well-known among older Texas readers. In it he explores the complexities of the inner and outer worlds, whether writing about love, death, a bird’s wing, or a painting’s energy. He is both an introspective lyric poet and an environmentally sensitive observer, both globally and in his native Rio Grande Valley. This mature collection contains the best of the poet’s earlier work as well as a number of new poems that reflect his latest preoccupations.
About the Author
Chip Dameron teaches writing and literature at the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. He is the author of four previously published collections of poems, including "Hook & Bloodline" and "Tropical Green," and his poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines around the country. He lives in Brownsville, Texas.
“Chip Dameron navigates the borders of acute awareness, whether along the Texas coastal regions he knows verbatim, or into the depths of an articulate psyche that he has been willing to explore. This expansive collection brings a changing world into focus, containing tender family narratives, character portraits, and socio-political satires of ethical conscience. These introspective poems—lucid, truthful, accessible—confront experiential encounters with grace and dignity.” —Robert Bonazz, book columnist, San Antonio Express-News