Southwestern Historical Quarterly October even as some of the details of October games with Texas and November contests with Nebraska grow a little repetitious. Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico Ron Briley What Harvest: Poems on the Siege & Battle of the Alamo. By Floyd Collins. (Shepherdstown, W.Va.: Somondoco Press, 2011. Pp. 66. ISBN 9780978961787, $15.00, paper.) Alfred Lord Tennyson's muse whispered of King Arthur and his knights in Idylls of the King and Stephen Vincent Benét's of the American Civil War in John Brown's Body. Now Clio and Calliope beckon readers toward Texas's Thermopylae in a collection by Floyd Collins entitled What Harvest, not a history but a collection of blank verse where fact and fable mingle emotions, history, people, and weaponry: it is 1836 and the battle of the Alamo. Throughout, it is apparent that Collins knows the era and its trappings. Aside from the familiar characters--Bowie, Crockett, Santa Anna, and Bonham--Collins has delved into those who answer the roll call less frequently, whose fates become vague parts of the legend: John McGregor, skirmishing from the high wall near the main gate; John Hays, reminiscing as night falls before the final assault; Daniel Bourne, cigar-punk in
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Sep 16, 2012
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