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LETU English Professor Randall Compton Pens New Poetry Book



compton-book.jpgLeTourneau University English professor Dr. Randall Compton has published a new book of poetry titled “The Sky’s Larger Frame,” published by Resource Press, an imprint of Wipf and Stock publishers.

According to Compton, his book is a three-part volume that sounds out a cycle that delights in creation, despairs over evil, and longs for restoration.

“Tracing life's dualities, these poems press together faith and uncertainty, love and loss, dream and waking, depression and exuberance,” Compton said. “Locating humanity between the immense and the slight, The Sky's Larger Frame explores the world as a construction site in which God both reveals and conceals the scaffolds of his presence.”

In reviewing Compton’s book, San Angelo State University Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Terry Dalrymple said Compton’s new book provides ample evidence that the author is a truly fine poet.

 “His ear for language, for exactly the right word in exactly the right place, is nearly flawless, and every poem, no matter its subject, conveys deep, heart-felt love of the world in which we live,” Dalrymple said. “At the same time, his work recognizes heartbreak, deterioration, and doubt, yet it maintains a stubborn and welcome sense of love, growth, and hope.”

Compton's book is more than a collection of poetry, according to LETU Professor of Literature and Writing Stan Coppinger. 

“This book is an invitation to contemplate the joys of life as well as the sorrows—the wonder of nature and the mystery that is God,” Coppinger said. “Randy's sense of humor and easy but thought-provoking style will have you laughing one moment and leave your heart breaking the next. Truly, this collection is a feast for the mind and the imagination.”

 Compton won the Creative Writing Award for Poetry earlier this year at the Conference of College Teachers of English in Kingsville, Texas.  Compton has taught English at LeTourneau University since 2007 and is one of the faculty members teaching in LETU's new Liberal Arts Guild, a vibrant community of critical thinkers who view the earliest years of college as an opportunity to build a strong foundation for life.

Compton earned his undergraduate degree in English from Covenant College in Georgia, his master’s degree in English from Angelo State University and his doctorate from the University of North Texas. He also holds a master’s in divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.   

His new book is available for order at his website at as well as local booksellers and Amazon.

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