Elmwood Park: The Dalkey Archive Press, 1986. First edition. Ranging from one page to twenty-six (the longest, a tribute to Charles Olson), his essays cover people, places and things--people like Robert Creeley, places like an Indian reservation out West, and things like totem poles. In addition to being philosophical, poetic, informative, penetrating, and generally illuminating, his wide-ranging vignettes present us with a short index of Metcalf's reading and thinking as he shares with us his very personal responses to the novel (John Gardner, Melville, Hubert Selby, Jr., Paul Bowles), poetry (Simon J. Ortiz, Allen Ginsberg, Karl Young, Guy Davenport, Theodore Enslin, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley), literature (Whitman, poets vs. novelists), drama (his play, An American Chronicle), linguistics, film (Melies, Griffith, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton), photography (Edward S. Curtis, Jacob A. Riis), art (contemporaries, the creative process, religion (the Puritans), philosophy (the Transcendentalists), history (the poet and history), anthropology (totem poles), nature and the land (the Northwest, the frontier, the North Atlantic), and such miscellaneous subjects as space, the "Me" generation, his daughter, and the issurance of a new Melville postage stamp. A fine copy bound in red cloth in a fine dust jacket. Item #14538
ISBN: 0916583163

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