Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
B. H. Fairchild's memory systems are the collective vision of America's despairing dreamersfailed 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|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
|Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest||7|
|Moses Yellowhorse Is Throwing Water Balloons from the Hotel Roosevelt||8|
|The Potato Eaters||13|
|Holy Rollers, Snyder, Texas, 1951||15|
|The Big Bands: Liberal, Kansas, Summer of 1955||17|
|Hearing Parker the First Time||21|
|The Follies Burlesque, Market Street, Kansas City||22|
|Delivering Eggs to the Girls' Dorm||25|
|The Memory of a Possible Future||35|
|The Death of a Psychic||40|
|The Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West||43|
|A Roman Grave||47|
|On the Passing of Jesus Freaks from the College Classroom||48|
|The Second Annual Wizard of Oz Reunion in Liberal, Kansas||52|
|The Welder, Visited by the Angel of Mercy||54|
|The Blue Buick: A Narrative||59|
|Three Poems by Roy Eldridge Garcia||87|
|A Man in a Machine Shop||91|
|A Wall Map of Paris||95|
|A Photograph of the Titanic||97|
|A Starlit Night||101|
|At the Cafe de Flore||104|
|At Omaha Beach||105|
|W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Keystone Hotel, San Diego||106|
|The Memory Palace||115|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.