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Voice of the Borderlands Spiral-bound – November 15, 2007


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  • Spiral-bound: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188789683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887896832
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drum Hadley's work is absolutely fresh as a mountain stream. This book does honor to the ancient art of storytelling. -- Jim Harrison

Magnificent…Through all of those voices I can hear the voice of the land. -- William deBuys

About the Author

Drum Hadley has lived and worked for forty years along the Mexico-New Mexico-Arizona border, first as a cowboy, then as a rancher. He is the author of three previous books of poetry. He founded the Animas Foundation, which supports sustainable agriculture in harmony with the environment. He is also a founding member of the Malpai Borderlands Group, a community-based ecosystem management project. Hadley lives in the Arizona-New Mexico borderlands. Gary Snyder has published eighteen books in more than twenty different languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 1969-70 and the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is a professor of English at UC Davis, California. Andrew Rush is a printmaker and also works in watercolor and clay. He has illustrated many books, including Voice Crying in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey and The Rule of Two: Observations on Close Relationships by Ann Woodin. He has previously collaborated with Hadley on a series of broadsides. Rush lives in Oracle, Arizona.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
My late friend Donald Allen used to say there was one poet at the Berkeley Poetry Conference (1965) he wished he hadn't let slip away, and that was Drummond Hadley. In Don's memory I picked up this enormous book, Hadley's account of thirty years and more in the poetry game, and opened it at the beginning, part one, "Cowboys and Horses." Two things became clear, one that Hadley is a poet of enormous power and versatility, and two, that this was no more collection of poetry, for there are accomplished pen and ink and watercolor sketches throughout of vegetation on the Sonoran desert and elsewhere, and right on page one, bars of music to indicate what key we're supposed to be reading this writing in. "When you read these words slowly by the fire," Hadley promises us, "And your voice becomes the people./ The lions, the wildlife, and the land."

Do not go there if you are not willing to have your experience changed a little. In our day, the "borderlands" occupy a singularlly charged political space, which Hadley both delineates and explodes. Cowboys and vaquueros speak the same tongue, and while there's a border between the US and Mexico, there is also one between night and dawn, the boot and the spur, between lines in a poem.

The book speaks through its characters, and by the end you will feel as though you have lived a whole life in the outdoors under a "blue, blazed-faced" sky and tucked under adobe walls. Past meets present, the future constantly in attendance. Cultures collide, with a puff of lazy smoke. "Roberto Avilez, my fine, mojado Mexican cowboy/ Who's been on the trail for months and months/ And who's ridden hundreds and hundreds of miles,/ Who can rope and tie down a wild Brahma bull,/ Is cleaning out the goat's ear/ With the nozzle of an air compressor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Hart on January 24, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Drum Hadley is a legendary figure in the West. He has had a great impact on Southwestern ranching and conservation, has been a working vaquero and has now run an important ranch on the border with Mexico for decades. He is also a poet. He received a formal education in poetry but turned to the voices of the region and has spent the past forty years refining those voices into the poetry of the borderlands. I first heard Drum read nearly 30 years ago. Some of the best poets in the country have been waiting for this book. Now it's here. You don't have to wait for the rare occasion to see Drum in person. The book is finally out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By padre viejo on April 16, 2011
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I met Drum Hadley when I was director of the SW Poets Conf in 1960s. He lived in Santa Fe but roamed as cowboy. Was from St Louis but went to U of Arizona and got pulled into being a cowboy. For an old one like me, it is awesome to see anyone so full of one dream. Using the voices is interesting. I guess Drum is about as I am now but he is still at it. I was told that ranch was forged and lost many times before a Texan came out & hired a band of Apaches as cowboy/soldiers. They finally kept the place safe. I also was told that Drum had to buy replacement cattle every round up time because the country was too tough for cows? Drum morphed into a true cowboy and lives and writes from that land and people. Hail to him..
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