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8 voices

8 voices

8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest
is a collaborative work written by
karla k. morton and seven other prominent contemporary poets.

The authors of 8 Voices are:

. 2005 Texas Poet Laureate, Alan Birkelbach
. 2013 Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Dr. Nathan Brown
. Dr. Jeffry Delotto
. Tony Mares
. Ronald E. Moore
. 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, karla k. morton
. Elizabeth Raby
. Dr. Gary Swaim

The book features 15 poems from each of the eight poets and encompasses a broad range of topics, styles and voices.  

8 Voices is published by Baskerville Publishers
and is available at


"The wide open spaces and freedom of the American Southwest can breed a different sort of mindset. '8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest' seeks to demonstrate the best of the Southwestern poetry flavor and brings many poems from eight poets who have been exemplified in representing the region. '8 Voices' is a strongly recommended addition to American poetry collections."

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI


"Though the poets in this book all hale from the southwest, what you'll hear are wonderfully idiosyncratic voices as cosmopolitan as they are rooted in what Seamus Heaney once called 'the music of what happens."

Tom Sleigh
senior poet and distinguished professor
at Hunter College, City University of New York

"Here are poems about landscapes both familiar and foreign, childhood, young (and old) love, friendship, regret, loss, old age, sickness, and death, as well as about the miracle of poetry itself--poems you will want to read, and reread, savoring them for years to come."

Michael McGaha
Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith professor emeritus of
modern languages at Pomona College

"The poets of 8 Voices transform the details encountered in everyday life into playful poetic landscapes that vibrate with a refreshing sense of humor."

Rainer Schulte
professor of humanities and fine arts at UT Dallas,
director of The Center for Translation Studies
and editor of Translation Review

"This volume of poetry challenges the common expectations of many readers, as it demonstrates definitively that there is more to Southwestern poetry than wild horses, branding irons, arrowheads, and creaking windmills. I feel privileged to have read and lived with these poems during this process. I have gained much. And I believe that anyone who picks up the volume will feel the same."

Dan Williams
editor of 8 Voices in his introduction










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