Usher: Poems
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Usher: Poems

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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.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 2009)
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I really have to read this one again to truly give it a fair shake.

I liked it. A lot. But on initial reading, I didn't feel an emotional attachment as strongly as I usually do to this poet. Regardless, it is still a great collection by a poet I feel that everyone should absolutely read.
Matthew Miller
National Poetry Month affords me the opportunity to see and hear about poetry in places I normally don't. Our local public library has a decent collection of poetry, I've picked up Thomas Lux and Anna Kamienska from their shelves along with the expected classics and poet laureates. But this month they set up a display in honor of the "holiday," and Usher caught my eye with it's beautiful cover image.

When I picked it up, I was pleased to see it was by B.H. Fairchild. Though I've not read any of h...more
Full of different sections and voices: Kansas workmen and house wives, Brooklyn movie ushers, sideshow freaks, Maria Rasputin, Hart Crane. Having the character in the last poem mention the character of the first poem was an awesome easter egg for having read the whole thing. These two bits are both from a section written in the voice of a fictional character, Roy Eldridge Garcia (which is called a heteronym, apparently):

from Working Men in Their Sunday Clothes
One evening driving Johnson Road he...more
David Allen
Anyone who can base a serious poem on a 1950s B-movie like "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" has got it goin' on. Another fine collection by Fairchild, full of insight, despair and grace.
Maybe the best yet from one of our very best poets.
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B. H. Fairchild, the author of several acclaimed poetry collections, 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.
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