Spring 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 2 Book Reviews |

The Everyday Art of Salvation

If I Had Wheels or Love; Collected Poems of Vassar Miller by Vassar Miller. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1991. 384 pages. $28.95; $14.95, paper. In 1981, when I was living in Houston and working at its literary water- ing hole, the Brazos Bookstore, an article appeared in The Texas Observer that might as well have been the shot heard around the world. It was Larry McMurtry's thirteen-page essay titled "Ever a Bridegroom; Reflections on the Failure of Texas Literature." At least a Yankee didn't write it; we've been maligned for less. Toward the conclusion of his methodical and unsparing knock-down of Texas writers and the readers who have elevated them, the native stated: There is no point in belaboring the obvious. Until Texas writers are willing to work harder, inform themselves more broadly, and stop looking only backward, we won't have a literature of any interest. (18) McMurtry saved the smelling salts for his last two paragraphs; here he praised th

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