Failing Heaven

Failing Heaven by Charles Behlen

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.

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About the Author

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.