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The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems 1st Edition

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“One of the most readable poets of our time… [The Blue Buick] confirm[s] that his matter and his manner have been consistent throughout his career, as has the high quality of his achievement… This is poetry of the extraordinary ordinary, nonpareil.” (Ray Olson - Booklist, starred review)

“The poetry of B.H. Fairchild is a cause of celebration… Noisy, visually arresting poems, full of occult weather systems, the barbed nostalgia of a man born into one world, now inhabiting another… [Fairchild] has spent a lifetime singing the body electric of small, dying towns, day-laborers and the beers at the end of their day, the pressure it puts on the man who must remember it all.” (John Freeman - Boston Globe)

“Fairchild also inherits a gorgeous linguistic excess, a sense of language as bravura performance, exemplified not only by his voluble narrators of his conversational dramatic monologues, but also by his frequent use of simile, metaphor, and compound allusions.” (The Hudson Review)

“Fairchild achieved the kind of poetic everyday speech that has been an aspiration of modernism ever since the fruitful friendship of Robert Frost and Edward Thomas.” (Chronicles)

“English-language poetry has inherited a great book.” (Robert Stewart - New Letters)

“By imagining, by envisioning in retrospect the beauty of the past, [Fairchild] creates present and future beauties as reflections and extensions of that past, though at the time it was merely the chrysalis of what would become, for him, beautiful.” (Beloit Poetry Journal)

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393240266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393240269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fairchild is America's best living poet and is in the running for best American poet ever. His new and collected is worthy of our highest literary awards. His command of language is reminiscent of Anthony Hecht. His intellect, wit, and big dose of common sense makes reading his poems a great and unforgettable pleasure.
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B. H. Fairchild and Billy Collins:
Poetry Returns to the Masses.

Say what you will, story-telling poets have always struck a responsive and sympathetic chord to the fickled and transitory mind-set of a media-saturated society. Collins uses self-deprecating humor and universal aphorisms that seem indisputable to lure even the most anti-literary, anti-intellectual Lilliputians among us. Fairchild recounts such a detailed string of memorable events and their life-affirming implications that any of us raised in a working class world of post-war Midwest origins can only nod our heads and say, “Yes, I remember those times, those movies, those simple, yet-complex life styles under constant assault from a rapidly changing world of A Bombs, television tubes and planned obsolescence.”
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I loved B. H. Fairchild's previous poetry books, among them The Art of the Lathe, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, and Usher and so looked forward with anticipation to reading The Blue Buick, New and Selected Poems. I can tell you, right off the bat, that you will be glad you bought this book.

Having sold our California house, my husband and I were on a cross-country trip which ended at the doorstep of our daughters who were both living in New York. As soon as we arrived, I settled in to read The Blue Buick from cover to cover, exploring earlier poems I was less familiar with. Halfway through, I started to slow down because I realized that I didn't want the book to end.

It goes without saying that Fairchild is the quintessential poet of the rural Midwest; its people and their lives rendered with tenderness and humor. His poetry has always and continues to wed intellectual and emotional complexity to a deep sense of awe. Of it, David Ulin of the LA Times has said the work, "transcends region and decade to explore the relationship of memory to the imagination and the mysteries of time and being."

And so, knee-deep in my own personal dislocation, I wanted that first reading of the Blue Buick to become a long, long journey. I wanted to stay in that world as long as I possibly could. Reading it made me feel a lot like I did when I read Melville's Moby Dick. Both great works of American literature. Both written by great American writers.
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All my favorite Fairchild poems are here, and then some. Such a pleasure to read. Fairchild writes with the keen ear of a trained musician . He is the contemporary master of blank verse and longer iambic lines. They are both lyrical and perfectly natural to the speaking voice. He is a writer about America, from the Texas oil fields to the Dust Bowl to ghost towns in the Far West. No one else writes like this, always lucid, deeply caring, philosophical, and generous. He creates moving portraits and stories of American life, from the Texas/Oklahoma oil fields, to the Dust Bowl, to the worlds in painting and music. A bountiful harvest.
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By A. Braden on August 26, 2014
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These poems, the old and new, crackle with verve. Recollecting the ache of adolescence, the weariness of work, the solitude of landscapes both external and internal, Fairchild shapes it all into something lark-worthy. If you buy this book, you will return to it often.
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This impressive book represents the brilliant work on a major American poet, a master who is writing at the peak of his powers. The Blue Buick compiles selections from B.H. Fairchild's previous poetry volumes, and it includes a rich selection of new poems, as well. It is a stunning collection, carefully orchestrated, wide-ranging in insight, vision, subject matter, intellectual regard, and psychological complexity. In poems that are, as poet and critic Dana Gioia called them, "omnivorously intelligent," Fairchild's craftsmanship and poetic mastery are everywhere evidenced, and in part, via his deft employment of an array of effective verse forms and modes, including: lyric poems, narrative-lyric poems, vivid and incisive prose poems, and his own hybrid forms that informed and impelled by his linguistic verve and by his vividly imagistic forcefields. Fairchild extensively explores both his internal and external geographies, often revisiting and eulogizing a recurring theme: the vanishing rural and small town life in the American heartland. Indeed, many of his long narrative poems serve as requiems that investigate the "mess of history," while they also confront personal absence, loss, mystery, loneliness, melancholy, illumination, renewal, love, and powerful moments of hard-won redemption. Fairchild's vast cast of characters, his vox populi, include farmers, day laborers, field hands, mechanics, welders, machinists, baseball players, ballet dancers, artists, intellectuals, jazz and big band musicians, actors, philosophers, college students, theater ushers, and people encountered in laundromats, barbershops, cafeterias, grocery stores, and banks.Read more ›
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