Brazos View reflects the wisdom, knowledge, and words of a true naturalist/poet. A reader can almost imagine Thoreau and Heaney working alongside as the author reclaims, builds, and expands his unique Texas home. Charles Inge brings a poet’s insight to us, quietly, with descriptive integrity and age-less appeal.     Alan Birkelbach, 2005 Texas Poet Laureate

 

Photo of Charles and a brief bio

 

Reading the Brazos View, I can’t help thinking of the Chinese word for listen  made up of three characters: the ears, eyes, and heart. Each of Charles Inge’s poems is a painting. We feel the stone steps down to the Brazos; the swell of sweet potatoes; the serenity as Dominique’s hand finds his. Indeed, this work marks a pocket of Texas history in its own characters of place: backbone, blister, and love song.

       Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate 


With precision of detail, exquisite sound-sense, and depth of genuine care and knowing, Charles Inge welcomes us to a place in Texas he and his wife Dominique love best. And with the magic of words he makes it ours, too.     Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You and Yours and other collections of poetry

 

Brazos View is a splendid poetic evocation of a place and of what it means to those who call it home. Particularly impressive is the tension Inge so skillfully creates by counterpointing the simplicity and directness of diction with the richness of imagery and allusion.   Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate


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