John Poch

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Photo Credit: Todd Murphy

Retail Price: $18.00
Subject Category: Poems
Length: 89 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: paper
Forthcoming April 1, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-60226-022-1


"In Texases John Poch's vision of his land is as real as mesquite debris or a governor who 'jogs just down the road / with a pistol for coyotes.' At the same time, it is ethereal, entering poems visited by angels and biblical cadences and scriptural tones. Indeed, it is everywhere. Poch creates this landscape and its people with skill and beauty, in a voice that combines wisdom and humor, enlivening a book that is a joy to read."

Grace Schulman, author of Without a Claim

"Like the 'staked plains, dry-land, long view man' he praises in one poem, John Poch knows the harsh beauty of Texas, and in this new collection he gives us a plural, abundant portrait of his beloved place. Here are prose poems, sonnets, villanelles, and all the enduring pleasures of formal verse, brought back down to earth by Poch's unflinching eye, and his hard-won knowledge of work, and people, and the past. Texases is a kind of psalter, full of graceful and moving love songs to the land."

Patrick Phillips, author of Elegy for a Broken Machine