Today's poem is "Body and Soul"
from The Blue Buick

W. W. Norton & Company

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.

Books by B. H. Fairchild:

Other poems on the web by B. H. Fairchild:
Eight poems
"On the Waterfront"
"The Machinist, Teaching His Daughter to Play the Piano"
Four poems

B. H. Fairchild According to Wikipedia.

About The Blue Buick:

"What Sherwood Anderson, E. A. Robinson, and James Wright mined from their locales, Fairchild has perfected from his Oklahoma Panhandle, and that is to show that no matter how isolated in time and space, no matter how cut off from its dreams, the human spirit persists in believing that it is 'on the edge of something, something rare.' The Blue Buick is a magnificent and important addition to the grain of American poetry."
—Michael Collier

"This book gathers essential poems from B. H. Fairchild's epic exploration of contemporary American masculinity…Virtuosic narratives, portraits, and quiet lyrics offer 'the heart's dream / of art's divinity' as they illuminate myths and heroes, gritty realities, and triumphal moments of insight. I cherish these poems for their supple elegance and felt wisdom."
—Robin Becker

"[Fairchild's] unique power is in leading his dead from the field of personal memory and into the living history of the poem. We have had poets like this—Randall Jarrell, James Wright, Richard Hugo—inheritors of the legacy of Robert Frost. At this time, B. H. Fairchild stands almost alone in this tradition. We are lucky to have him."
—Mark Jarman

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