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ROBERT AQUINAS MCNALLY. Simply to Know Its Name

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ROBERT AQUINAS MCNALLY. Simply to Know Its Name. Paperback, 66 pages. $15. www.graysonbooks.com

Dick Allen, the Connecticut state poet laureate who selected this book for the Grayson Books Poetry Prize, calls Simply to Know Its Name “a deeply splendid collection. Few poets

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ROD MILLER. Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems

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ROD MILLER. Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems. Pen-L Publishing. Trade paperback, 84 pages, ISBN 978-1-940222-63-9, $12.97. www.Pen-L.com.

Spur Award-winning poet Rod Miller provides variety in both subject and style in poems crafted with artistry and attention to the realities of the American West. From thoughtful to frivolous,

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KARLA K. MORTON. Constant State of Leaping

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KARLA K. MORTON. Constant State of Leaping. Paperback, 116 pages, 8.95. Texas Review Press.

This collection, Morton’s tenth, is a bold book of poetry delving into risks. It’s the moving forward; the constant discovery of new things. Using a combination of quotes,

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JOHN NESBITT. Thorns on the Rose

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JOHN NESBITT. Thorns on the Rose. Western Trail Blazer. 76 pages; trade paperback $8.95; westerntrailblazer.com.

This is as collection of Western poetry. It includes lyric and narrative poems in traditional forms such as sonnets and ballads as well as in free verse. Praised for its

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VERNON SCHMID. Collected Poems, 1964-2014

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VERNON SCHMID. Collected Poems, 1964-2014. Self-published. Trade paperback, 218 pages, $20.

Includes the Kansas-born, prize-winning poet’s thoughts on the West, rural America, religion and his experiences in Northern Ireland, Mexico, Israel and Palestinian Territories. Thoughtful and literate.

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RED SHUTTLEWORTH. Johnny Ringo

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RED SHUTTLEWORTH. Johnny Ringo. Riverhouse. www.redshuttleworth.com.

This epic poem won a Spur Award as Best Western Poem in 2013.