Walt McDonald ("Bus Stops in One-Horse Towns") was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and served as Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. Some of his books are Climbing the Divide (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003, forthcoming), All Occasions (Notre Dame, 2000), Blessings the Body Gave, and The Flying Dutchman (Ohio State, 1998, 1986), Counting Survivors (Pittsburgh, 1995), Night Landings (Harper & Row, 1989), and After the Noise of Saigon (Massachusetts, 1988). His poems have been in journals including APR, The Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, and Poetry.