Niagara Digressions

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A seasoned storyteller's work via cut-up method, combining history and naturalist memoir, Niagara Digressions presents land as historical palimpsest, from ancient cave paintings to 1960s mimeographed poetry, the massacre of the buffalo to the manufacture of shredded wheat cereal.

E. R. Baxter III is a Niagara County Community College professor emeritus of English and has been a recipient of a New York State Creative Service Award for fiction and a Just Buffalo Award for Fiction....

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Overview

A seasoned storyteller's work via cut-up method, combining history and naturalist memoir, Niagara Digressions presents land as historical palimpsest, from ancient cave paintings to 1960s mimeographed poetry, the massacre of the buffalo to the manufacture of shredded wheat cereal.

E. R. Baxter III is a Niagara County Community College professor emeritus of English and has been a recipient of a New York State Creative Service Award for fiction and a Just Buffalo Award for Fiction. Previous publications include Looking for Niagara (Slipstream Press) and various chapbooks.

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In this ponderous collection of musings set against a western New York backdrop, Baxter flits from billboards, birds, and Buffalo to pencils and porcupines, connecting his subjects in often tenuous and tedious ways. In one section, Baxter, professor emeritus of English at Niagara County Community College, refers to French surrealist Tristan Tzara’s (1896–1963) “cut-up” technique of writing poetry and author Laurence Sterne’s (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy) thinking on the free association of ideas to explain the structure of his memoir. Certain sections are rewarding—for instance, a leap from Baxter’s own attraction to animal bones to a lovely consideration of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and death. Although the Niagara region figures prominently in Baxter’s stories, along with a great deal of hunting imagery, his concerns are existential, touching on self-awareness and human potential. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983740520
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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E. R. Baxter III: Niagara County Community College Professor Emeritus of English, has been a fellow of a New York State Creative Service Award for fiction and a recipient of a Just Buffalo Award for Fiction. Previous publications include Looking for Niagara (Slipstream Press); chapbooks: And Other Poems; A Good War;
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