Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwestby B. H. Fairchild
B. H. Fairchild's memory systems are the collective vision of America's despairing dreamers -- failed baseball players, oil field laborers, a surrealist priest, a psychic who foresees her own death, and the last remaining cast members of The Wizard of Oz. This collection journeys through the intersections of imagination and history across the plains of the Midwest.
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B. H. Fairchild, the author of several acclaimed poetry collections and a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bobbitt National Prize. He teaches in the creative writing PhD program at the University of North Texas.
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I grew-up in Nebraska in the 1960s, not far from Fairchild's Kansas in the 50s. Unlike any other book of poetry, this one 'speaks' to me. Visualizing the landscapes of these poems is effortless and, for me, the interplay of human intention and life's inevitable digressions found in the poems is humorous and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book to those who, like myself and perhaps the author, find themselves geographically away from their rural midwestern beginings, but holding them closer to their hearts with the passing of time.
I was recently at a Fairchild reading in Liberal, Kansas. Being 29, young, and accustomed to the frantic pace of today, I wasn't sure if this was something I would honestly enjoy. I will say my evening was not wasted. I was so pleasantly amused with his witty words. Also, I was moved to think of times gone by in my hometown. I easily sat there in the audience--quietly listening--thinking of how amazing it is that there is such power in words. My review won't begin to compare with the critics for I have no frilly words to bestow upon you. If you are wanting something that will make you think--something that will take you to not-so-faraway places--try Fairchild's book. Simply put: it's great.