The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems

The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems


“[B. H. Fairchild] is the yankee voice at its top: convinced and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic.”―New York Times

amassing works from 5 of B. H. Fairchild's earlier volumes stretching over thirty years, and including twenty-six excellent new poems, The Blue Buick showcases the profession of a poet who represents "the American voice at its most sensible: convinced and conflicted, celebratory and melancholic" (New York Times).

Fairchild's poetry covers a variety, either geographically and intellectually, notwithstanding it reveals its middle within the rural Midwest: in oilfields and death small cities, in taverns, baseball fields, one-screen motion picture theaters, and skies "vast, mysterious, and bored." eventually, its cultural scope―where Mozart stands beside Patsy Cline, with Grunewald, Gödel, and Rothko just a subway experience from the Hollywood motion pictures of the 1950s―transcends sector and decade to discover the connection of reminiscence to the mind's eye and the mysteries of time and being. and at last there's the nature of Roy Eldridge Garcia, a machinist/poet/philosopher who sees within the panorama and silence of the excessive plains the held breath of the earth, "as if we have not rather began to exist. That getting into being nonetheless going on."

From the computing device paintings increased to excessive artwork that's the topic of The Arrival of the Future (1985) to the despairing dreamers of Early Occult reminiscence structures of the reduce Midwest (2002) to the panoramic, voice-driven constitution of Usher (2009), Fairchild's paintings, "meaty, maximalist, pushed via narrative, stakes out an American mythos" (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times).

From "The Blue Buick:"
A boy status on a rig deck appears around the plains.
a girl walks from a trailer to observe the surroundings sun.
a guy stands beside a lathe, lighting fixtures a cigar.
Imagined or remembered, a woman in Normandy
Sings throughout a sea, that anything may well remain.

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