The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems [NOOK Book]

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?[B. H. Fairchild] is the American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic.??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 "the American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic" ...

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The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems

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Overview

“[B. H. Fairchild] is the American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic.”—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 "the American voice at its best: confident and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic" (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 "vast, mysterious, and bored." Ultimately, its cultural scope—where Mozart stands beside Patsy Cline, with Grunewald, Gödel, and Rothko only a subway ride from the Hollywood films of the 1950s—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, "as if we haven't quite begun to exist. That coming into being still going on."

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, "meaty, maximalist, driven by narrative, stakes out an American mythos" (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times).

From "The Blue Buick:"

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Collier
“What Sherwood Anderson, E. A. Robinson, and James Wright mined from their locales, Fairchild has perfected from his Oklahoma Panhandle, and that is to show that no matter how isolated in time and space, no matter how cut off from its dreams, the human spirit persists in believing that it is 'on the edge of something, something rare.' The Blue Buick is a magnificent and important addition to the grain of American poetry.”
Robin Becker
“This book gathers essential poems from B. H. Fairchild's epic exploration of contemporary American masculinity…Virtuosic narratives, portraits, and quiet lyrics offer 'the heart's dream / of art's divinity' as they illuminate myths and heroes, gritty realities, and triumphal moments of insight. I cherish these poems for their supple elegance and felt wisdom.”
Mark Jarman
“[Fairchild's] unique power is in leading his dead from the field of personal memory and into the living history of the poem. We have had poets like this—Randall Jarrell, James Wright, Richard Hugo—inheritors of the legacy of Robert Frost. At this time, B. H. Fairchild stands almost alone in this tradition. We are lucky to have him.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393243987
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 269 KB

Meet the Author

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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