Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey

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Edward Abbey continues to grow in stature as one of America's funniest and most profound twentieth-century writers. Brooding, iconoclastic, prophetic, Abbey was principally known as a prose writer, the author of such legendary works as The Monkey Wrench Gang, Desert Solitaire, and The Brave Cowboy. Although Abbey rarely published his poetry, he was, unbeknownst to his loyal and often fanatical public, a passionate producer of verse, and these seventy-one original poems - never before published in any form ...
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Overview

Edward Abbey continues to grow in stature as one of America's funniest and most profound twentieth-century writers. Brooding, iconoclastic, prophetic, Abbey was principally known as a prose writer, the author of such legendary works as The Monkey Wrench Gang, Desert Solitaire, and The Brave Cowboy. Although Abbey rarely published his poetry, he was, unbeknownst to his loyal and often fanatical public, a passionate producer of verse, and these seventy-one original poems - never before published in any form (although several were rejected by the leading magazines of the nation) - offer an insightful and wrenching look into the mind of this great man known to some as "Cactus Ed." To read these poems, all written between 1952 and 1989, and culled from his Journals, is to feel the ineffable, irrefutable essence of Edward Abbey. The poems frequently alternate between the joy and pain that marked his life, and all brandish his immutable character and nonconformity.

A legendary hero of the west and an icon to irreverent and fun-loving souls everywhere, Abbey's literary reputation continues to soar. Principally known as a prose writer, Abbey was also a passionate producer of verse. These never-before-published poems are culled from Abbey's Journals and offer an insightful, unique look into the mind of a legend.

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A lovely production (with original artwork by Michael McCurdy), but this simpleminded poesy is less than a footnote to the life of the late, great eco-anarchist. (RC) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312134792
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania in 1927. In 1944, at the age of 17, Abbey set out to explore the American Southwest, bumming around the country by hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. It was during this time that Abbey developed a love of the desert, which would shape his life and his art for the next forty years. After a brief stint in the military, Abbey completed his education at the University of New Mexico and later, at the University of Edinburgh. He took employment as a park ranger and fire lookout at several different National Parks throughout his life, experiences from which he drew for his many books. Abbey died at his home in Oracle, Arizona in 1989.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Whole Fucking Crew 3
November, 1951 - Edinburgh 4
December, 1951 - Edinburgh 5
December, 1951 - Edinburgh II 6
February, 1952 - Edinburgh 8
Verse Provoked by a Recent Visit to the Stacks 9
January, 1952 - Majorca 10
January, 1952 - Majorca II 11
March, 1952 - Edinburgh 12
April, 1952 - on the North Sea 13
April, 1952 - on the North Sea II 14
Brief Speech to a Weather Vane 15
April, 1952 - on the North Sea III 16
May, 1952 - Norway 17
May, 1952 - Norway II 18
Feudalism 19
Terror and Desire 20
The Wild Dove 22
Flash Flood 23
August, 1956 - Arches 25
August, 1956 - Arches II 26
August, 1959 - Albuquerque 28
The Writer 29
Ditty 30
July, 1965 - Arches 31
Episodes and Visions 32
A Few Appropriate Lines from Burns 33
A Maxim 34
Love Letter 39
The Gift 40
Love Poem 42
Song from the City 43
Soaring Song 44
North Rim 46
Idle Music 47
A Simple-Minded Song of Hatred 51
One Thing at a Time, for Christ's Sake 54
Manhattan at Twilight, Seen from the Palisades 56
King Aethelstan to All Heads . . . 59
Pommes de Terre 60
A Dream 61
Last Rites 62
Peace & Plenty 63
From a Sundown Legend 64
Where Is Your Rock? 65
Due Notice 66
What Zapata Said 67
Inconsolable Memories 68
Essay on Time 69
Long Poem: A Few Words for Some of My Contemporaries 71
For the Old Man 76
On the Birth of My Son 78
Frivolous Question 81
Two Profane Love Songs 82
I Wish 84
I Don't Want Them All I Just Want All the Ones I Want 85
Mornings in Santa Fe, Dead in Death Valley 86
Black Sun 89
Down the River 90
The Dry Season 92
Ambition 94
American Picnic 96
An Evening Star 97
Desert Music 98
A Sonnet for Everett Ruess 101
Last Thoughts While Lost Below Lizard Rock 105
Three Limericks 106
For Marcel Proust, et al. 107
For Clarke 108
The Kowboy and His Kow 109
Benedictio 110
About the Author 111
About the Editor 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

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    Edward Abbey apparently wrote these poems mostly for himself 'based on the excellent preface.' I found 3 poems worth reading aloud to others, which is better than most 100 page poetry books. Many of his poems have a few very good phrases and ideas, but the sum is often not as good as the individual parts. His few attempts at rhyme tend to fall flat due to uneven cadence and meter. but ... His bold, first person emotional judgements and relations to his subject provoke a response. I ended up writing 2 poems in disagreement with his poems. Overall, I consider 3 quotable poems, a note to look up another author's works and 2 poetic responses a pretty good read, so I give this 4 of 5 stars.

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