The poems in "Call and Response" are the record of a friendship, conversations in verse with topics as varied and diverse as fine art and the traditions of southern Louisiana. The poems created here are a drawing out of the love and respect they have for each other and for the things they share with the world. It is an exchange in the tradition of artists like Homer and Lady Murasaki, as well as in the common traditions of work songs sung by field workers throughout.
JACK B. BEDELL, born and raised in south Louisiana, is the Woman's Hospital Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as editor of Louisiana Literature and director of Louisiana Literature Press. His most recent books are Come Rain, Come Shine (Texas Review Press) and French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets (LaLit Press). DARRELL BOURQUE is Professor Emeritus in English from University of Louisiana, where he taught in the English Department and in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Bourque's books include Plainsongs published by Cross-Cultural Communications (1994), The Doors Between Us (the inaugural issue of Louisiana Literature's Chapbook Series-1997), Burnt Water Suite, Wings Press (1999), and The Blue Boat, The Center for Louisiana Studies (2004). Bourque was appointed Poet Laureate of Louisiana in 2007 and again in 2009.