Wednesday, August 17, 2011
DEAR OXYGEN: New & Selected Poems by Lewis MacAdams
Just released by University of New Orleans Press & now available from Amazon. Get yourself a copy pronto.
MacAdams is essential.
"Dear Oxygen is a vivid lyrical romp through many tender shared realities, vestigial memories with poetry’s departed great ones (Whalen, Corso, Dorn, Jim Carroll) invoked here as well in heart & ear. Marvelous love poems, and poems in the company of friends. Conversations and meditations. Historical nexus Bolinas beckons and is a site of Outrider survival. MacAdams’s eye is sharp, his ecological consciousness astute, as he bucks the heartbreaks of modern man and takes on reclamation of the Los Angeles River. This is a welcome collection, so needed in these times, with a shout out of gratitude to the editor Opstedal who gets it just right. It is indeed the air to breathe."
– ANNE WALDMAN
“Completely absorbing history of a wise and chivalrous relationship with water, land, and humans. Intimately heard and phrased. Ardent, wild, and tender. A thorough romance with truth.”
– JOANNE KYGER
“The day doesn’t pass, 45 years since, but that the poems, person, of Lewis MacAdams are by my side. Art, spirit, heart and wit – classic simpleton’s job: ashes underfoot, misfitted for all but beauty’s smiling sanity.... crazy honor’s faith.... wonder’s fate. Speech good.”
– DUNCAN MCNAUGHTON