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Texas, Being

BG-From-the-Vault-dc1The Texas poet Jenny Browne read with our own Lacy M. Johnson (author of The Other Side) at the Twig Bookshop in San Antonio on Sunday. The event has those of us in Portland thinking admiringly about the literary scene in Texas, where it seems even the crowds at bookstore events are—we have to admit—bigger. Here, from Issue 48, is a poem of Jenny’s about Texas. (Look for new poems from Jenny Browne in our upcoming Fall release, the Tribes Issue.)


Texas, Being


where blind catfish cruise

limestone caverns


from deeper we drink

while a man sweets tea


with his knife stirring

all the way down


border fires making

breathing a geography


mountain cedar

floating pollen fevers


bones in the road



possum grin just missing

the curb where she


like all the modern girls

paused to consider


her inventory of elsewheres

because we can


drive ten hours and some

how still be here


Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems: Dear Stranger, The Second Reason, and At Once, all from the University of Tampa Press.  Her poems and essays have appeared widely, including  American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The New York Times, Tin House, and Threepenny Review.  A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin, she has received grants from the San Antonio Artist Foundation, the Texas Writers League, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Currently she is an Associate Professor of English at Trinity University and lives with her husband and daughters Lyda and Harriet in downtown San Antonio.

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  1. Naomi Shihab Nye says:

    Love everything you do, Jenny. And yes we are all still here. Somehow!

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