Voices Writ In Sand

Sailing West

by Jeffrey DeLotto

DeLotto's impressive new collection is aptly named, as the poet gives voice to characters both historical and personal. From Geronimo, who curses his captors and his captivity, to the hapless sailor in "The Whistle Buoy" who cannot make it to shore before sunset, the narrators, like all of us, contemplate "the deep mystery of the dark," mortalities to which they return again and again. There is something timeless in the way the poet captures experiences of ephemeral simplicity: rounding up crabs boiled out of a stock pot, studying spiders inhabiting a sailboat, watching rain turn to snow. These poems haunt us with their challenging familiarity.

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

About the Author

Jeffery DeLotto

While his own specialty is in creative writing, especially poetry, Jeffrey DeLotto enjoys the variety of teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to his students. He earned his Ph.D. English Literature and M.A. English at Florida State University and his B.A. English at University of Florida.

A faculty member for 25 years, DeLotto is also the creator and general editor for the Texas Wesleyan University Press, the university’s publishing house. He believes "engaged professors give students an individualized and personal education that they can find in few other places.” He strives to “teach students not to need me. I’m helping them develop self-reliance.”