Today's poem is "History of America"
from Mud Song

Truman State University Press

Terry Ann Thaxton has published two previous collections of poetry: Getaway Girl and The Terrible Wife, which won the 2014 Florida Book Award Bronze Medal. Her textbook, Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide, is a result of more than a decade of work training college students to provide creative writing opportunities to marginalized groups. Her poetry and prose have been published in journals such as Rattle, The Missouri Review, Connecticut Review, Hayden's Ferry, West Branch, Tampa Review, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Teaching Artist Journal, Connotation Press Online Artifact, and others. She is professor of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she teaches creative writing and serves as the MFA Program Director.

Books by Terry Ann Thaxton:

Other poems on the web by Terry Ann Thaxton:
Three poems
"What Remains"
Three poems
Eigth poems
"Some Women"
"The Cold Cold War"
"Mud Song"
"Family Reunion"
"The Weight of a Man's Head"

Terry Ann Thaxton's Website.

About Mud Song:

"In 'Mud Song,' the swamps, back roads and small towns of Florida transcend setting and become something akin to personality. These are wild, harrowing, brightly colored poems, bristling with violence and trauma. The poet's language surprises and delights. Her wit is deft and sharp. The engines that power these vivid poems are memory, desire, fear and, at times, a kind of holy rage."
—Kevin Prufer

"Like Heaney in North, Terry Thaxton digs deep to unearth a past both personal and cultural—here, the past of all those long-buried Floridas that survive under the one we think we know best, the Florida of the last ten minutes. Thaxton's willingness to make herself vulnerable moves me, her insistent openness teaching the earth itself a thing or two. In return, the earth provides these elegiac poems their wonder, a worshipful amazement that even the oranges seem to shine with in the end."
—David Rivard

"In his poem 'Farewell to Florida,' Wallace Stevens proclaims that 'the past is dead,' but that's not true. Just ask Terry Ann Thaxton. Standing at the intersection of human and personal history, these elegant, visually stunning poems sing a world, a life, both feral and sublime and remind us it's not the past that makes us who we are, but rather, it's what we do with it. What Thaxton does with it is make unforgettable poems. Bravo!"
—Jay Hopler

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