HANDSPAN OF RED EARTH: An Anthology of American Farm Poems.

Marconi, Catherine Lewallen, editor. Gary Snyder and Gary Soto, signed.

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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Contemporary poetry about the ever-changing work of farming the American land. ISIGNED by TWO poets: Gary Snyder at this poem "Bows to Drought" about the California drought of 1974 and Gary Soto at "Landscape in Spring." Also included are poems by Galway Kinnell, Gary Soto, Dennis Schmitz, Annie Dillard, Donald Hall, Ai,Tom McGrath, Gretel Ehrlich William Stafford, Mary Swander, Larry Levis, Maxine Kumin, William Heyen, Hayden Carruth, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wendell Berry, Lucille Clifton, David Lee, Robert Morgan, Stanley Kunitz and others. Preface by Marconi. Illustrated. xv, 180 pp. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (just a hint of sunning to the spine of the dj.) LIMITED TIME SALE: All prices shown have been REDUCED by 25% for the ABEBOOKS SALE. Free wrapping on request - go 'green' with reusable fabric or traditional paper. When present djsare protected with archival covers, and books are carefully packed for shipping. Bookseller Inventory #

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Poems of farm life are very much an American tradition and, despite our industrial heritage, in some ways they depict our national dream. Distinctly apart from the English pastoral motif, these hard-edged, reflective poems of the joys, tribulations, and realizations of rural life continue a tradition which began with Bradstreet and persisted through Whittier and Frost to the various and passionate poets included in this rich anthology.

Here is contemporary poetry about the archetypal but ever-changing work of farming the American land. Catherine Marconi has included pieces from a wide variety of poets writing on the various landscapes of American farms: from the rocky New England fields through the deep topsoil of the heartland and the fecund tobacco, cotton, and vegetable lands of the South, from the hardscrabble cattle ranches of the Southwest to the verdant fields of the West. These poems, by some of our country's finest living poets, will be evocative and revealing to anyone who has ever lived or worked on a farm.

Included in the volume are poems by, among others, Galway Kinnell, Gary Soto, Dennis Schmitz, Annie Dillard, Donald Hall, Ai, Tom McGrath, Gretel Ehrlich, William Stafford, Mary Swander, Gary Snyder, Larry Levis, Maxine Kumin, William Heyen, Hayden Carruth, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Stanley Kunitz.

From Publishers Weekly: Although one may at first question the aesthetic value of an anthology that brings together poems about the seemingly unprovocative theme of American farms, even a quick perusal of this remarkable collection should dispel any doubts about thepk project's worthiness. A passionate commitment to the subject of farm life is what makes these poems so engaging, so moving and so memorable. Among the most affecting are Donald Hall's "Maple Syrup," in which the speaker finds a 25-year-old can of syrup prepared by his grandfather, long since passed away, and marvels at "the sweetness preserved, of a dead man"; Ai's shocking "The Country Midwife: A Day," in which "the stink of birth" is an unavoidable aspect of a baby's delivery; Wendell Berry's "Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer" ("When I fall / let me fall without regret / like a leaf"); and Roger Weingarten's "These Obituaries of Rattlesnakes Being Eaten by the Hogs," detailing the poet's observations of the routine of a country veterinarian. Other writers represented include James Dickey, Maxine Kumin, William Stafford and Galway Kinnell. Marconi is a poet and farmer.
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