What they're saying about The Art of the Lathe
Art of the Lathe by B.H. Fairchild has become a contemporary classic—a passionate example of the plain style,
so finely crafted and perfectly pitched….workhorse narratives suffused with tenderness and elegiac music…"
—Los Angeles Times
"With elegance and restrained
subtlety, Mr. Fairchild interweaves topics that become something like musical themes, including the central theme of machine
work....Anyone who can lay claim to the authorship of this much excellent poetry wins my unqualified and grateful admiration."
—from the introduction by Anthony Hecht
textured, generous, haunting poems articulate the absence and longing that are created by experience and that in turn keep
experience alive. Anyone who wishes to understand not only the contemporary American idiom but the reasons for that idiom
will have to read B.H. Fairchild’s The Art of the Lathe."