2011 - Paperback
Floyd Collins has elegantly crafted a memorable collection of superbly written works which capture the essence of Alamo fact and legend in vivid detail.
— William R Chemerka, Founder of The Alamo Society and Editor of The Alamo Journal
This is a remarkable collection by any standard, distinguished not just by the deep feeling and learning the author brings to his subject, but by his rigorous and passionate dedication to the art of poetry.
— Stephen Harrigan, Author of The Gates of the Alamo
“In the breast pocket of a slain defender / Impaled against the wall by a bayonet thrust, / A slim gold watch chimes the hour.” In such minute details does the siege and battle of the Alamo become less historical text than still vital experience in our American continuum. Like the Kentucky gunsmith who understands that “Everything flows, sinuous / Lines holding plane and mass forever / In the present tense,” Floyd Collins surrenders personality to craft, making use of a precise and expansive vocabulary, “Virtuosity / In the pursuit of form,” to draw forth with startling clarity the events of 1836. What Harvest earns its place among other book-length sequences, such as Chris Llewellyn’s Fragments from the Fire, William Heyen’s Crazy Horse in Stillness, and Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard, providing “ravishments / Of the eye and delectations of the ear.”
— Michael Waters, Author of Parthenopi and Co-Editor of Contemporary American Poetry