"Take to the Highway" is a book about journeys and the intricate memory map of human consciousness. Mostly written while driving across the expanse of Texas, Milligan's poems embody family history, anticipate his mother's coming death, and reflect on a life lived along many roads within an interior landscape. Milligan was instrumental in the creation of the San Antonio Writers Collection at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Latino Collection and Resource Center of the San Antonio Public Library. He has lived in San Antonio since 1977.
Acclaimed poet and Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to those less fortunate, in this collection of more than eighty original and never-before-published poems. A deeply moving, sometimes funny, and always provocative poetry collection for all ages. Nye thinks of San Antonio as her home.
Originally published in 1984 to great acclaim, including being awarded the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, this stirring collection of poems pairs and often plays against the mythologies of the author's mixed Greek and Mexican heritage. A strong work of feminism, the pieces blend historical characters with contemporary settings and address issues that include San Antonio street life, racism, mass killings, and foreign wars. Catacalos lives in San Antonio and is a former Poet Laureate for Texas.
Set in southern New Mexico, where her family's multicultural history is deeply rooted, the poems in Carrie Fountain's first collection explore issues of progress, history, violence, sexuality, and the self. "Burn Lake" weaves together the experience of life in the rapidly changing American Southwest with the peculiar journey of Don Juan de Oñate, who was dispatched from Mexico City in the late sixteenth-century by Spanish royalty to settle the so-called New Mexico Province, of which little was known. Fountain was the 2019 Poet Laureate of Texas. She lives in Austin, TX.