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Steven Fromholz

New and Selected Poems

Steven Fromholz

Publication Year: 2007

The State of Texas has honored Texas Poets Laureate for seventy-three years, but much of their work has gone unpublished and unrecognized. In a significant step toward recognizing the achievements of the Texas Poets Laureate, TCU Press will publish a series of the work of the Poets Laureate, with a volume dedicated to each poet. The series begins with the 2005 and 2006 Texas Poets Laureate, Alan Birkelbach and Red Steagall, and will continue through the next five appointments. These beautiful volumes collect the finest work of each individual poet. While a single volume may stand alone as a valuable selection of a poet’s work, the series as a whole will draw their different voices together into a singular poetic expression of Texas. The songs and poems of 2007 Texas Poet Laureate Steven Fromholz tell of a life that began with "bikes and trikes and kites and trees" and has progressed through fatherhood and many days and nights spent on the road. He is a poet as well worth reading as he is a singer worth hearing. Fromholz's poetry and lyrics evoke the western landscape, capture memories of the past and plans for the future, and plumb the depths and heights of feeling engendered by life as a touring musician. Despite a stroke, which felled him for a time, Fromholz still acts a whitewater guide on the Rio Grande, still performs, and still writes the poems that caused the State Legislature to name him Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007.

Published by: TCU Press

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Introduction

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pp. 1-5

Most Texas Poets Laureate are known only for the poems they have written—and perhaps for essays in poetic criticism—but Steven Fromholz is known for much more than his verses. He wrote “I’d Have to Be Crazy,” recorded by Willie Nelson, which garnered him two platinum records, and his three-part tribute to Bosque...

The Man with the Big Hat

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pp. 7-8

New Orleans Fantasy

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pp. 9-10

To Theodore

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pp. 11-

New Attitude

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pp. 12-

Double Trouble

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pp. 13-

I Walked with My Daughter Today

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pp. 14-15

Life Song

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pp. 16-17

Proposal No. 1

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pp. 18-

Sonnet No. 1

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pp. 19-

A Little Red Book and a Rose

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pp. 20-21

Here’s to My Old Man

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pp. 22-23

For My Brother and Me

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pp. 24-

High Country Caravan

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pp. 25-26

The Last Livin’ Outlaw

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pp. 27-28

A List Of Lover’s Questions

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pp. 29-30

Where Are They All Now?

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pp. 31-32

Yellow Cat

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pp. 33-34

No Regrets

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Saddest Man in Texas

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pp. 36-37

Lookin’ for Love

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pp. 38-39

Lover’s Waltz

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pp. 40-41

Heroes

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If I Couldn’t Get to the River

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Frontal Lobotomy

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Fairest of Fair Weather Friends

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pp. 48-49

Dinosaur Blues

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Fools’ Gold

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Dear Darcy

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Bears

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A Little More Holy

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pp. 55-

Birds and Wolverines

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Blue Lines on White Linen

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pp. 57-

Paint What?

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pp. 58-59

Tree Prayer

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pp. 60-61

Poetry

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pp. 62-

Words

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pp. 63-

The Poetry of Sport

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The 62nd Birthday

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The Boxer

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I Ain’t Droolin’ or Draggin’

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pp. 67-

Ode to an Indiana State Park Horse

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pp. 68-69

My Best Friend

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pp. 70-

Being Had by the Fun

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pp. 71-

Boots

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pp. 72-

After All these Years

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pp. 73-

A Cowboy A-foot

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pp. 74-


E-ISBN-13: 9780875654614
E-ISBN-10: 0875654614
Print-ISBN-13: 9780875653594
Print-ISBN-10: 0875653596

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1
Series Title: TCU Texas Poet Laureate Series

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