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Book Title: Way West|
The author of the book: Ed Dorn
Edition: Black Sparrow Press
Date of issue: December 12th 1993
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.23 MB
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ISBN 13: 9780876859056
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Reader ratings: 5.3
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Booklist said it well: "Dorn is probably the late twentieth century's finest chronicler of what he calls 'contemporary horse culture.' His subject is always the real West: not the West Coast, not Seattle, San Francisco, and L.A., but 'real towns' such as Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Laramie, Wyoming, and Ryegate, Montana. ('Real towns,' Dorn says, 'don't have parking meters.') We're talking the Big Open. The Big Empty."
This hefty book a collection of thirty years' worth of occasional poems and prose features a generous selection from Dorn's hard-to-find short fiction, stories populated with the working poor and the dispossessed drifters, searchers, fugitives, Native Americans, and itinerant trailer-park families. It also includes the book-length poem "Recollections of Gran Apachería" (1974), a sad, polemical, spiritual meditation on Geronimo, the Apaches, and their annihilation at the hands of European descendants. A third of the book consists of inflammatory essays, Gonzo travelogues, and idiosyncratic cultural analyses, and these, especially, find Dorn in fine form: witty, perverse, cantankerous, shocking, always writing well, and absolutely unable to tolerate any degree of cant.
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Read information about the authorEdward Merton Dorn was born in Villa Grove, Illinois. He grew up in rural poverty during the Great Depression. He attended a one-room schoolhouse for his first eight grades. He later studied at the University of Illinois and at Black Mountain College (1950-55). At Black Mountain he came into contact with Charles Olson, who greatly influenced his literary worldview and his sense of himself as poet.
Dorn's final examiner at Black Mountain was Robert Creeley, with whom, along with the poet Robert Duncan, Dorn became included as one of a trio of younger poets later associated with Black Mountain and with Charles Olson.
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