Synopses & Reviews
"Fairchilds ability not only to choose a story but to pace it and to reveal its meaning through the unfolding of the narrative is probably unmatched in contemporary American poetry. The incisive psychology, the vividly descriptive diction, the large repertoire of vocabulary, the weightiness of his settings and plots: all these contribute to the delightful sensation that one is reading, simultaneously, the best poetry and best prose. I cannot think of another living poet capable of delivering such pleasure… Not since James Wright has there been a poet so skilled at representing the minds and imaginations of ordinary American working people.”
—The Southern Review
With elegance and restrained subtlety, Mr. Fairchild interweaves topics that become something like musical themes, including the central theme of machine work… Anyone who can lay claim to the authorship of this much excellent poetry wins my unqualified and grateful admiration.”
In an American culture which has always ignored or disdained class issues, Fairchild and Philip Levine are the only contemporary poets… who take work and the working class as their subjects… Almost throwbacks, like Steinbeck novels or Walker Evans photographs, Fairchilds poems recover an America from which we have always turned our heads.”
—PN Review (England)
In its preface, B.H. Fairchild says: "The Arrival of the Future has been difficult to find or out of print for some time. . . . So here again, rescued from the past in order to arrive in the future, is The Arrival of the Future."
Poetry. B.H. Fairchild risks ugliness to find poetry -- yet the ease with which these poems reveal the music in the earthbound cadence of factory life is thrilling and utterly convincing -- National Book Awards Judges' Citation. Fairchild has been compared to Philip Levine and James Wright for his skillful representation of the minds and imaginations of ordinary American working people. As the PN Review states, Fairchild's poems recover an America from which we have always turned our backs.