Beaumont, TX–Lamar University Press is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of a second collection of poetry from a writer better known for nonfiction works about sports like boxing, football, and rodeo. W. K. Stratton’s Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country will, according to the publisher, please a diverse group of readers in both style and content:
W.K. Stratton continues his exploration of alter ego alleyways in his second book of poetry, Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country. Written in both verse and prose-poem form, the pieces in the book form a poetic concept album dealing much with time and place and family, both real and imagined. The poems draw images from a tough society populated by oilfield roughnecks, bootleggers, brawlers, and outlaws. Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country is bookended by long pieces exploring loss in the unforgiving territory. Stratton, a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters, has written four books of nonfiction and co-edited another.
Stratton’s first collection of poetry, Dreaming Sam Peckinpah, was released by Ink Brush Press in 2011. Stratton lives in Central Texas and is rumored to be working on another book about Sam Peckinpah.
For more information about the release of Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country and other fine books, visit Lamar University Press.