Dear Friend/Colleague,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new poetry chapbook, The Goatherd, just released by Mouthfeel Press of El Paso, Texas:  

The book is available for order directly from the press (see link above), and will soon be available through

Robert Bonazzi, distinguished poet, literary critic, and poetry columnist of The San Antonio Express-News, in his kindness and generosity, had this to say about the collection:

"Only Larry D. Thomas could create a book of contemporary poems inspired by Gilberto Luna, an actual pioneer Mexican goatherd and farmer in the Big Bend region of the Chihuahuan Desert during the early 1900s.  The Goatherd's narrative internalizes the herd's survival instincts---and his own, adapting appendages into cloven hooves, taking sustenance from the herd, while protecting them from predators, although not from his own predation.  Thomas explores the stark paradoxes of the food chain, as it once was in an earlier, more natural era.  Nothing was wasted then, and the former Texas Poet Laureate wastes nothing now---especially his stunning poetic precision."

I trust that all is well with you, yours, and your writing.

With warm regards,