The Brazos River and the Rio Grande: what lies between are physical and cultural geographies stretching south from the Texas Hill Country to the border of Mexico, west across the Trans-Pecos, and up through Northern New Mexico into Colorado. Natural borders of a region long explored, pondered, and celebrated in song and image, “The Arms (of God)” and “the Big River” have also left their stamp on the lands and all else that would thrive between them.
Not unlike the heart and life lines of a left palm, these drought-pressed but determined rivers define much about the life and diversity they bracket. Under their spell, photographer Jerod Foster and poet John Poch praise and wonder along their varied waterways and across the landscapes they host. The result is communion--a synergy of imagery in story and story in imagery, finding unexpected form, depths, and meaning much as rivers themselves are honed in the pull of gravity and texture.
What emerges then is an origin narrative conveying a natural history as vividly and compellingly as it does the current state of all that dwells within.
Jerod Foster is a natural history and travel photographer whose work has appeared in Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife, The New York Times, and The Texas Tribune. He has authored seven books on photography education and is associate professor of practice in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University.
John Poch is the author of five collections of poetry, including the forthcoming Texases (WordFarm Press, 2019). His poetry has been published widely and has won many prizes including the Nation/“Discovery” Award, the Donald Justice Prize, and The New Criterion Poetry Prize. He is professor in the Department of English’s creative writing program at Texas Tech University.