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The Art of the Lathe [Paperback]

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Pages   78
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Alice James Books
ISBN  1882295161  
EAN  9781882295166  

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B.H. Fairchild's "The Art of the Lathe "is a collection of poems centering on the working-class world of the Midwest, the isolations of small-town life, and the possibilities and occasions of beauty and grace among the machine shops and oil fields of rural Kansas.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! B. H. Fairchild is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections, including The Arrival of the Future, Usher, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, Local Knowledge, and The Art of the Lathe. His first published work, Such Holy Song: Music as Idea, Form, and Image in the Poetry of William Blake, was met with critical praise. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Claremont, California.

B. H. Fairchild currently resides in the state of California.

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excellent poems  Apr 7, 2006
fairchild comes from a different and yet familiar place - his poems are so fascinating. they are incredibly masculine, without being boring or crass. fairchild has a unique voice that is deeply narrative and cunningly illustrative.
memories of the future  Jan 15, 2005
This is possibly the way forward for poetry, Language and Performance having beaten themselves into an apolitical submission, Fairchild reminds us of the power of honest expression and the value of language for communicating about simple things. There's something almost Wittgensteinian in his embrace of the ordinary and his rejection of the metaphysics of so much of late 20th Century poetics. A truly important work.
Fresh, Imaginative Work Poetry  Apr 15, 2004
Fairchild finds and creates beauty in surprising places: factories, backyards, and small towns, as well as people and objects. Many of his poems are able depict events without becoming overly sentimental, as in "The Machinist, Teaching His Daughter to Play the Piano," with a comparison between the playing the piano and operating machinery, " the gestures of voice and hands/ suspended over the keyboard/ that moves like the lathe in its turning." Experience, particularly work experience, is an important part of the poems in this collection. Some of the other poems in this book that I enjoy include "The Himalayas," and "Airlifting Horses."
A brave and honest book  Feb 2, 2004
Fairchild has written a book that is elegantly blue-collar. It is a poetic memoir of the highest caliber. In these down-to-earth poems, readers are shown that fathers and sons share a heart even when they do not share a collar. BH Fairchild will never spend his life turning a lathe. It is his task to turn out poems like these in order to honor the life of his father and all of our blue-collar fathers who work(ed) hard to make our own intellectual lives and pursuits possible.

This work is a collection of finely-crafted poems that celebrate the American way of life.

it's a phenomenal collection  Jun 23, 2003
This book was a National Book Award Finalist, and deservedly (This Time by Gerald Stern won that year, but I haven't read it yet, so I can't compare).

Fairchild was born in Houston, and grew up in West Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. His upbringing very much shows in his work. This is the poetry of the blue-collar working class. This is very much the poetry of the west and of Texas. Fairchild writes mostly longer narratives and dramatic monologues (most with longish lines). Some of the best poems of his are: "Beauty" the 10 page narrative of the working man, and this poem is phenomenal. It is one of the best contemporary poems written. And in fact, the only modern day narrative that is better is Dave Mason's "In the Country I Remember", though not by much. There is also one of the best baseball poems in recent years (or maybe the best baseball poem ever), "Body and Soul", a great narrative that runs a few pages and touches on the truth of the human soul of the working man. Also of great note is "Keats" (it'll surprise you) and "Cigarettes" a poem that finally gives us a reason to smoke. Or at least an understanding. The other poems in this collection are also great, those four are just the best.

There are two signs that clued me in that this was going to be a great book (other than the finalist of the Nat'l Book Award). The first were the blurbs. R.S. Gwynn, the modern day Pope, says "[Fairchild] measures a world inhabited by those for whom life has made its meaning plain by constant subtraction...both real and mataphorical, that figure so prominently in this collection." Dana Gioia says of this collection: "Fairchild boldly plundesr the territories of prose to expand the possibilities of contemporary verse...These fluent poems are amnivorously intelligent. The reader never knows what will come next; but, as deeply psychological in their probings as a novel, they alwasy cohere." Tim Steele, one of the greatest of the modern metricists, says "Fairchild brings sympathetic insight to the people...he has a gift for focusing on those moments when lives constrained by psychological or economic circumstances are touched by beauty and significance." And Wyatt Prunty calls the poems "remarkably textured, genrous, haunting" .

And the other sign of this books importance is Anthony Hecth's introduction. No more needs to be said.


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