This is one of the best short histories of this period of Texas history I've ever seen. Peterson has incorporated the accuracy of a historian with the "tied-togetherness" of a novelist to make an easy and informative read. He broadjumps the endless minutia of the day and homes-in on the major points. He has created a real & serious snapshot of one of the major events in the forming of our nation.
More than just a collection of verses, this book is something of an informal commentary on the history of English literature, something of a conversation with a few of the finest poets in the language. These original poems are written “in the manner of…,” using forms and structures pioneered by great writers (and occasionally artists) of the past to create something contemporary and modern.