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I love that damn ol Abbey
Great to hear his voice again. I had forgotten this book, bought long ago and lost in the stacks. Sure, they're not the most immortal of all poems, but for fans and friends of Abbey they ring true and deep. Yes, there are a few warts, but then there's this:A Sonnet for Everett Reuss(1983—Oracle, Arizona)You walked into the radiance of deaththrough passageways of stillness, stone and light,gold coin of cottonwoods, the spangled shade,cascading song of canyon wren, the flightof scarlet dragonflies...
It is my belief that Edward Abbey never intended this poetry to be published, at least not 99% of it. Mostly because it wasn't published in his lifetime, and he clearly felt that poetry, good 'real' poetry, was the stuff of blood and sweat. These poems are not that. A very few are really good, most are mediocre, some are utter crap. Anyone who's ever attempted to write poetry beyond the teenage-angst years understands that this is how poetry works for most people. That said, for the few poems th...
I read this for the 2015 Read Harder Book Riot Challenge. Even though I wrote quite a bit of poetry in the past I don't particularly enjoy reading it and most of this just annoyed me. But it was a book I had on hand, so I used it for the challenge. There were a couple that made me laugh and only one that I really LIKED. (The last one, figures, right?!) Anyway, I am sure other people who can appreciate the thoughts behind this poetry have enjoyed the crass and dry passages that I was only too hap...
Edward Abbey is best known for fiction and non-fiction, but he dabbled in poetry, writing some in his journals, occasionally submitting some poems for publication (none were accepted). This collection gathers those poems, some quite lovely and sophisticated, a few bawdy and adolescent. Still, the spirit of the man and his philosophy is quite alive in these words and fans of his other work should seek it out.
A este libro le daría un millón de estrellas si pudiera. Edward Abbey y su obra maestra Earth Apples son lo que no sabía que necesitaba y por fin encontré, cada una de las páginas de este libro son mágicas y súper valiosas. Creo que a cualquier persona que le guste o no la poesía le va a gustar este libro.
Mixed bag of poems, but overall I enjoyed it, as many of these were the earlier drafts of poems seen in his books
For those who haven't spent time with Cactus Ed, I would imagine this little book will come across as a strange collection of words, random acts of lashing out, looking in and few lost bits of futile romance thrown in for good measure. But to those who have read enough of Abbey's more significant the book is a backdoor into the almost always contradictory outlooks of the author. His constant battle with the opposite sex, his desire to protect the wide open West while shunning the government and
Edward Abbey basically rules. The author penned an unsuccesful cowboy novel which I have meant to read for like six years now, and I promise I will one day find it/get to it. However I have read Earth Apples, his book of poems, about seven bajillion times. It's kind of like if Kurt Vonnegut wrote a bunch of poems, and I think the old man would get a kick out of Abbey, whether or not he did I have no idea. I should have asked him when I met him. But back to the point, these little gems, little ap...
Book 1: Poems for Judy contains some of the most beautiful, poignant poems about love I've ever read. These poems were written by Edward Abbey for his wife, Judy Pepper, who died of Leukemia at the age of 27. I also loved Ditty, August - 1956 Arches, Last Thoughts While Lost Below Lizard Rocks and Essays on Time.I want to read more of Edward Abbey's poems however, it says on the back that this book is the only collection of Edward Abbey's poetry that has ever or will ever be published. I wish he...
This book of mostly poetry and selected poetic verse reflects the life and times of Edward Abbey, one of the first true environmentalists. His early death in 1989 culminated 62 years of living life fully. The poetry reflects his passions--the fate of the earth, and his weaknesses--bawdy living, drink, and women. Confessing to loving as many as four or five women at a time. He married five of them. He met death at the hands of liver failure.
Sometimes funny and sometimes womanizing, but overall pretty unremarkable. But hey, the editor never claimed it'd be great poetry. Was a marginally interesting insight into Abbey's less academic endeavors.
I'm not big on reading poetry but Abbey is one of my favorite authors and all around people. You either love him or hate him - I'm in the former group. Worth the read if you are too. Some of the poems aren't good. Some are wonderful and take me back to the red rocks and canyon country.
Some of these poems I really liked. Some I really disliked.
How can one rate something never meant for publication? I did enjoy it though.
Slight, but fun.
While not my favorite work of Abbeys (on account of strikingly sensual poems and more focus on human character than nature and scenery) these poems did not fail to humor and horrify me.
Not Ed at his best, but fun nevertheless.
Some parts are crass and vulgar. This does not add to the poems.
He's a better essayist than poet, but this one has its moments. Sometimes crass and funny, other times deeply spiritual in that uniquely Abbey way.