Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Chicago Tribune“These poems are an ecstatic celebration of language—long, lavish lines sprawling across the page as the speaker's consciousness roams the Kansas countryside. Fairchild is a spinner of tales who writes unforgettably of loneliness and the tenderness of the Midwest.”
Anthony Hecht“There is no more lyric celebration of America's grandeurs and desolations than in this superb collection of poems.”
Eavan Bloand“These poems make a rare, magical conjunction between a communal sense of place and a solitary habit of memory.”
Richard Howard“What an exaltation!”
Gerald Stern“Fairchild is in touch with that America we almost forgot, melancholy, dream-ridden, wistful, ghost-like.”
Eavan BolandThese poems make a rare, magical conjunction between a communal sense of place and a solitary habit of memory.
Publishers WeeklyA much-lauded late-bloomer, B.H. Fairchild imbues his amiable formal verse with Hollywood-caliber style, sentiment and (mainly) good cheer in Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest. Following the runaway success of his 1997 Alice James book, The Art of the Lathe, this third collection probes deeper into the bleak beauty of the Midwest in the 1950s, and fans of Fairchild's comforting excursions to the familiar isolated territory of machinists won't be disappointed. If the poet's younger self found "Dvorak's New World... made me/ swallow hard and turn my face away because, well,/ it was beautiful, a word I wasn't easy with," these memory systems yield a sharp-eyed and excited collection of curiosities that work in and beyond the heartland. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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