Lone Star Heart Poems of a Life in Texas

Lone star heart

by Michael Baldwin

"Whether the reader is a Texan or someone with no knowledge of the state, Lone Star Heart will bring new insights and warm, sublime meditative moments. Indeed, the book, when taken as a whole, could be understood as one long meditation. The narrative poems, some poignantly personal, like his powerful elegiac tribute to his father and his daughter, "Kite Kin," are full of factual insights and accented with Johnny Bowen’s heart-felt paintings. Baldwin’s poems, which I have been privileged to enjoy reading for the many years Baldwin has been perfecting his art, are always fully informed close observations of the natural world sprinkled with the mystical—landscapes of the physical and the ineffable."

—Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate

The book includes paintings by Texas artist Johnny Bowen.

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About the Author

m.baldwinMichael Baldwin holds masters degrees in Library Science and Political Science. He retired in 2014 from a career as a library administrator and professor of American Government. His poetry book, Scapes, won the Eakin Poetry Book award, 2011, and his chapbook, Counting Backward From Infinity, won the Morris Memorial Chapbook award, 2012. He is also the author of Murder Music, a mystery-thriller novel, and Passing Strange, a collection of science-fiction short stories.