Through Plácido, a deaf and mute artist prodigy of Mexican heritage, Larry D. Thomas explores the uncompromising demands which "art" requires of any "artist" of seriousness. Thomas, a poet of extraordinary imaginative prowess, drops the reader into a convincingly believable world of family loyalty, sacrifice, and the pursuit of the highest ideals of human culture.
About the author
Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. He has published numerous collections of poetry and in many of the most prestigious literary journals in the nation, including the Southwest Review, Callaloo, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Poet Lore, Chattahoochee Review, International Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Puerto del Sol, Louisiana Literature, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Midwest Quarterly and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Thomas's As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems (published by Texas Review Press) received a 2015 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards Finalist citation. He lives in the high Chihuahuan Desert of Far West Texas with his wife and two long-haired Chihuahuas. His best friends are the Chihuahuan raven, puma, great horned owl, coyote, javelina, mule deer, gray fox, Texas horned lizard, black-tailed jackrabbit, diamondback rattlesnake, thick-handed scorpion, and blue quail.
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