Friday, April 22, 2011
Natives, Nomads, and Migrants
Hello. This will be the initial blog post. I will begin simply by stating what the first goal of this blog will be. Here I will write a series of reviews of books of poetry by Texas writers. As time goes on, I may branch out on other topics, but the first goal will be to discuss the poetry of Texas writers. Who are Texas poets and what makes a poet a Texas poet? This will always be a difficult question to answer. We humans are mobile animals. But I will rely on the concept of natives and the distinction between migrants and nomads to guide me. One is, of course, a Texas poet if one was born here and stayed here. One can be a Texas poet if one was born here, grew up here, and then moved away. One can be a Texas poet if one was born outside the state and moved to Texas and stayed here. But one is not a Texas poet if one has just passed or is passing through on the way to other locals.