|About the Book|
You are about to come face to face with a Texas that has always been there, but that we dont take the time to see. The magnificent photos by Tommy LaVergne and the poetry of my friend Joyce Hardy combine to remind us of the stark beauty of thisMoreYou are about to come face to face with a Texas that has always been there, but that we dont take the time to see. The magnificent photos by Tommy LaVergne and the poetry of my friend Joyce Hardy combine to remind us of the stark beauty of this state. They remind us that in this age when only new seems to count, enduring thingsshould never be discarded. Is there poetry in the commonplace and the mundane? The answer is a resounding YES that echoes from the Hueco Tanks through the sleepy main streets, out to the hard land and Stretches taut across the gaps of time and space to finally settle into our soul. . . . This is a beautiful book, filled with artistic photographs and lovely poems evocative of a land that should not be forgotten.—Ron Stone, host of Eyes Of Texas and Professor of Texas History at Houston Baptist University Both the poet and the photographer—representing two different generations—have dared to detour off the interstates and they have discovered a forgotten and soon disappearing Texas. LaVergnes photographs and Hardys word pictures brilliantly capture and reveal the artifacts of lived experience with stunning vividness. The result is a beautiful, moving tribute to Texas landscapes that many have never seen and will soon exist only in such loving memorials as this. These powerful images deserve a permanent place in our hearts and minds, and this volume will go a long way toward preserving that rural heritage in our consciousness.—John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University Author BiographyS: JOYCE POUNDS HARDY is a well-published poet from the Houston area. TOMMY LAVERGNE is the Official Photographer for Rice University.