Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest

Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest

by B. H. Fairchild


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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

B. H. Fairchild's memory systems are the collective vision of America's despairing dreamers—failed baseball players, oil field laborers, a surrealist priest, college boys at a burlesque theater, the last remaining cast members of The Wizard of Oz. Looming over all is the fact and the mystery of our continued renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393325669
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/19/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 125
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest7
Moses Yellowhorse Is Throwing Water Balloons from the Hotel Roosevelt8
Mrs. Hill11
The Potato Eaters13
Holy Rollers, Snyder, Texas, 195115
The Big Bands: Liberal, Kansas, Summer of 195517
Hearing Parker the First Time21
The Follies Burlesque, Market Street, Kansas City22
Delivering Eggs to the Girls' Dorm25
Rave On27
Part 2
The Memory of a Possible Future35
Blood Rain28
The Death of a Psychic40
The Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West43
A Roman Grave47
On the Passing of Jesus Freaks from the College Classroom48
Weather Report51
The Second Annual Wizard of Oz Reunion in Liberal, Kansas52
The Welder, Visited by the Angel of Mercy54
Part 3
The Blue Buick: A Narrative59
Three Poems by Roy Eldridge Garcia87
Mlle Pym89
The Levitations90
A Man in a Machine Shop91
Part 4
A Wall Map of Paris95
A Photograph of the Titanic97
The Deposition99
A Starlit Night101
Motion Sickness102
At the Cafe de Flore104
At Omaha Beach105
W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Keystone Hotel, San Diego106
The Problem108
Two Scenes110
Part 5
The Memory Palace115

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Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.