Riding the Earthboy 40: Poems by James Welch
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New York. Harper & Row, Publishers. 1971. First Edition. Inscribed. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine with slight shelf wear. 71pp.
In "Riding the Earthboy 40," Welch's heartbeat and vivid imagery is both personal and universal. The culture of his Native American upbringing is textually embedded into the environment itself, the trees and moon and sky all "farmed with words." In this collection of poems, the writing darts between the changing landscape of his Montana, and the speaker's continuous human, social, and spiritual observations. In this sense, his writing lays the groundwork for a dynamic to exist between the world you inherit and your perception of the one just beyond it, as poetry itself insists: "let me open any door, / stand winter still and drown in a common dream."
This book is a revised first edition by World Publishing Company, including 7 additional poems. Includes an inscription by the author.