The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems

The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems

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a€œ[B. H. Fairchild] is the American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic.a€a€”New York Times Gathering works from five of B. H. Fairchild's previous volumes stretching over thirty years, and adding twenty-six brilliant new poems, The Blue Buick showcases the career of a poet who represents qthe American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholicq (New York Times). Fairchild's poetry covers a wide range, both geographically and intellectually, though it finds its center in the rural Midwest: in oilfields and dying small towns, in taverns, baseball fields, one-screen movie theaters, and skies qvast, mysterious, and bored.q Ultimately, its cultural scopea€”where Mozart stands beside Patsy Cline, with Grunewald, GApdel, and Rothko only a subway ride from the Hollywood films of the 1950sa€”transcends region and decade to explore the relationship of memory to the imagination and the mysteries of time and being. And finally there is the character of Roy Eldridge Garcia, a machinist/poet/philosopher who sees in the landscape and silence of the high plains the held breath of the earth, qas if we haven't quite begun to exist. That coming into being still going on.q From the machine work elevated to high art that is the subject of The Arrival of the Future (1985) to the despairing dreamers of Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (2002) to the panoramic, voice-driven structure of Usher (2009), Fairchild's work, qmeaty, maximalist, driven by narrative, stakes out an American mythosq (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times). From qThe Blue Buick:q A boy standing on a rig deck looks across the plains. A woman walks from a trailer to watch the setting sun. A man stands beside a lathe, lighting a cigar. Imagined or remembered, a girl in Normandy Sings across a sea, that something may remain.As JoanDidion furthernotes inAfter Henry (NewYork: Vintage, 1992), pp. ... Harrison GrayOtisand his descendants in theChandlerfamily, remains hardfor peoplein lessrecent parts ofthe country tofully ... Arguably two ofthe four orfive most important Protestant theologians of thetwentieth century, PaulTillich andReinholdanbsp;...

Title:The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems
Author:B. H. Fairchild
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-07-21


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