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Texas, Being: A State of PoemsIn her brief introduction to Texas, Being, poet and Trinity University professor Jenny Browne writes, “Good poems are always about more than one thing.” This multiplicity also applies to Texas as a state. It’s a place often pigeonholed by outsiders as homogenous: they might believe it’s all dust and desert, that every citizen is a conservative Republican, that every Texan has been to a rodeo. And so it’s refreshing that these poems, published this month by Trinity University Press (and in conversation at an upcoming San Antonio Book Fest panel) are by poets from so many different backgrounds; they’re born-and-raised and Texpats and visitors and immigrants experiencing the complicated and “beautiful and brutal” Lone Star State.The 47 poems in the collection were written across centuries,…

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