Failing Heaven

Sailing West

by Charles Behlen

Whether the setting is a peepshow booth in Hobbs, New Mexico, or a Texas scene like a death row cell in Huntsville, a food bank in Dumas, or a street corner in San Antonio, these poems affirm how our suffering sanctifies the profane.

Read a review of Failing Heaven by Micahel G. Rather, Jr. for Concho River Review, Fall 2016.

Order from any bookstore, local or online. This title is also available from Fleur Fine Books of Galveston, Texas. 

About the Author

Charles Behlen

Born in Slaton, Texas, in 1949, Charles Behlen has published in numerous Southwest literary journals and anthologies. In the mid-70s he founded Chawed Rawzin, a magazine and chapbook series that first published some of the best poets now writing in Texas. A former Dobie Paisano fellow, he has worked in poets-in-schools programs in Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Failing Heaven marks his third full-length collection since the publication of Perdition’s Keepsake in 1978.