ABOUT LARRY D. THOMAS
Larry D. Thomas was born and raised in West Texas, but has resided in Houston, Texas, since 1967. A recently retired criminal justice management professional, he received his B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Houston in 1970. His poetry has appeared in numerous national literary and consumer magazines, including Poet Lore, Southwest Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Midwest Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, The Texas Review and Borderlands. His first book of poems, The Lighthouse Keeper, issued by Timberline Press in January, 2001, was selected as a pick by the Small Press Review and featured in the May/June 2001 issue. His book-length manuscript entitled Amazing Grace was awarded the 2001 Texas Review Poetry Prize and published by Texas Review Press in fall, 2001.
A finalist for the 2000 Pecan Grove Press National Chapbook Competition, The Woodlanders received a Violet Crown Book Awards Special Citation from the Writers' League of Texas.
"Larry Thomass The Woodlanders offers the work of a poet hitting his stride, in love with the things of his East Texas home. He holds the herons, pines, chiggers, and cicadas out at arms length for us to let their music work, allowing us the joy of living in his world for a while. You just cant go wrong with a poet like this or with poems this strong.
Jack B. Bedell, author of At the Bonehouse and What
Larry Thomass poems have the smack of the piney woods, all their rot, dankness, and entropic decay. His is a secret voicedark and disarmingthat intones the rhythms of the Southeast Texas woodlands where earth, air, and water blend. Like the carapace of a cicada, his poetry produces melodies that are natural but startlingly original. His is a voice that freshens language as well as place.
Jerry Bradley, author of Simple Versions of Disaster, Poetry Editor of Concho River Review
It moves along the bottom
turgid with its prehistoric
tests it with her cloven hoof,
it will swallow them whole,
its turbid, lugubrious time.
Learm more about Larry Thomas and his work at his personal website at http://www.larrydthomas.com/