Over the past twenty years, in additon to authoring his seven volumes of poetry, Henry Langhorne has had
his poems published in a number of local and regional periodicals: Hurricane Review, The
Panhandler, Emerald Coast Review, Negative Capability, Poem, The Cape Rock, The
Chattahoochee Review, Plainsongs, Passager, Inlet, Mediphors, Life on the Line
(anthology), Dockside, On Wings of Spirit (anthology), The Pharos, and the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA). He is currently a member of the Academy of American Poets.
His boyhood home was in Uniontown, Alabama,
a small town in a stretch of rich cotton land known as the Black Belt, near the Tombigbee River. He is a graduate of The University
of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and Tulane Medical School. His internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship were done
at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. As the senior member of Cardiology Consultants, Henry Langhorne has practiced cardiology
in Pensacola, Florida, since 1963.
FOLLOWING ARE BOOK TITLES, PUBLICATION DATES, AND SAMPLE POEMS:
Other samples will be added as soon as possible
From The Canebrake Collection
Walking my route this November at sunset
I stop and look at the evening sky--
orange, red, pink, yellow, gray,
all at once and everywhere in this moment
at the winding down of my life.
It's sweather weather for me,
but not for a teenage boy in short sleeves,
skiing down the hill on a skateboard.
I wave and yield the road to him.
It's time to say a prayer of gratitude
for just being here, alive in this life,
in this evening, under this sky.
From The Lay
of the Land (2011)
Eating Oysters at the Beach
We lean on the wet newspapers
touch the split shells,
feel their raw, cold wetness,
while the ocean quietly lays
its salt down beyond the windows
rain falls like pitchforks.
I hope the room leading into death
has lamps like these on the table,
so that our farewell to everything
will have the ease and last as long
as ordering another beer
to wait out the rain.
Pensacola Beach, circa 1982
From In the Country of Rain (2009)
From As Fate Would Have It (2007)
From The Clarity of Last Things (2005)
From Winter Clothes (2003)
From Listen to the River (2001)
* Although Listen to the River is out of print, some
selections from the volume are included
in The Clarity of Last Things.
From Tombigbee (1999):
I'm tired of walking down this hall
to meet their wives for the last time.
Sometimes I stop and plan my words
as if they were born today.
Looking out of a window at clouds
prompts me to search for softer words.
runs out, nurses and chaplain
in the doorway to hear
if I've found a different way
to say he's dead.