Walt McDonald was an Air Force pilot, taught at the Air Force Academy, and is Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. Some of his recent books are ALL OCCASIONS (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), BLESSINGS THE BODY GAVE (Ohio State, 1998), and others from Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, and Harper & Row. Four books received Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His poems have been in journals including AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, FIRST THINGS, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, POETRY, THE SEWANEE REVIEW, and THE SOUTHERN REVIEW. E-mail: email@example.com.