Synopses & Reviews
From Manhattan to the rural Midwest--one of our most distinguished poets offers a verbal cinema of America. Employing dramatic monologues, among other forms, Usher embraces a range of subject matter and modes, from the elegiac to the comic. At its heart, however, is the long poem "Trilogy," consisting of three interrelated dramatic monologues spoken by a circus performer, a theological student and part-time usher, and Hart Crane. A Favorite Book of 2009.
"Fairchild's singular distinction is his ability to make people and incidents in his work more actual than any, it seems, in any other kind of writing." Booklist
"The energetic and vivid poems of Usher are a delight . . . even those who approach poetry with trepidation will be mesmerized." Sacramento Book Review
"Meaty, maximalist, driven by narrative, [Fairchild] stakes out an American mythos."--David Ulin,
From Manhattan to the rural Midwest'"one of our most distinguished poets offers a verbal cinema of America.
About the Author
B. H. Fairchild, the author of several acclaimed poetry collections and a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bobbitt National Prize. He teaches in the creative writing PhD program at the University of North Texas.