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ISBN: 0931122252
Author: Sharon Doubiago
Language: English
Publisher: West End Pr; First Edition edition (November 1, 1982)
Pages: 263
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 845
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Sharon Lura Edens was born and raised in Southern California to young .

Sharon Lura Edens was born and raised in Southern California to young parents recently from the South. She married George Doubiago two weeks after graduating from Ramona High School; they have two children, Daniel and Shawn. She received her BA and MA degrees in English from California State University, Los Angeles. Two weeks after completing Hard Country, inspired by the American and gender themes the work had engaged her in for three years, she embarked on a bus journey with her 15 year old daughter to Macchu Picchu. South America Mi Hija was nominated twice for National Book Award and was named the Best Book of the Year by the LA Weekly.

Doubiago's imagination is always unified and political.

First published by West End Press in 1982, this book-length poem about. Doubiago's imagination is always unified and political. Sharon Doubiago is 'a complex of occasions, ' a brilliant response to Whitman, an American poet, free, spiritual and gifted.

Sharon Doubiago is the author of three book-length poems: South America Mi Hija; The Husband Arcane: The Arcane of O; and Hard Country. Her poetry collections include: Psyche Drives the Coast: Poems, 1975-1987; Body & Soul; and Greatest Hits, 1976-2003

Sharon Doubiago is the author of three book-length poems: South America Mi Hija; The Husband Arcane: The Arcane of O; and Hard Country. Her poetry collections include: Psyche Drives the Coast: Poems, 1975-1987; Body & Soul; and Greatest Hits, 1976-2003. Doubiago is also the author of two short story collections: The Book of Seeing With One's Own Eyes and El Nino. She is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. Country of Publication.

Sharon Doubiago was born and raise in Southern California

Sharon Doubiago was born and raise in Southern California. She has written two dozen books of poetry and prose, most notably the epic poem Hard Country (West End Press), the booklength poem South America Mi Hija (University of Pittsburgh) which was nominated twice for the National Book Award, and the story collections, El Niño (Lost Roads Press), and The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (Graywolf. Press) which was selected to the Oregon Culture Heritage list: Literary Oregon, 100 Books, 1800-2000.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. First published by West End Press in 1982, this book-length poem about a journey across America has been out of print for a decade but has maintained its underground reputation as a major response to the male epic consciousness of twentieth-century American poetry. In this political geography of the continent’s body.

First published by West End Press in 1982, this book-length poem about a journey across America has been out of print for a decade but has maintained its underground reputation as a major response to the male epic consciousness of twentieth-century American poetry. In this political geography of the continent's body, the land is corporeal, erotic and ever-present.

Showing 4 of 4 results that match your query. Love on the Streets is a selection from two of Doubiago's book-length poems, Hard Country and South America Mi Hija and from the collections Psyche Drives the Coast and Body and Soul, plus new poems. Product - Hard Country. Sold & Shipped by thebookpros. Authors: Sharon Doubiago. Product - My Beard : Memoir Stories.

Sharon Doubiago's memoir, MY FATHER'S LOVE: PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS A YOUNG GIRL, VOLUME 1. .

Sharon Doubiago's memoir, MY FATHER'S LOVE: PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS A YOUNG GIRL, VOLUME 1 (Wild Ocean Press, 2009), is a finalist in the Northern California Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction, 2010. Volume Two is forthcoming. She has written two dozen books of poetry and prose, most notably the epic poem HARD COUNTRY (West End Press, 1999), the book-length poem South America Mi Hija (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992), which was nominated twice for the National Book Award, and the story collections EL NINO (Lost Roads Press, 1989) and The Book of Seeing with.

When Shawn Doubiago graduated from high school, she and her mother Sharon, embarked on a journey through .

When Shawn Doubiago graduated from high school, she and her mother Sharon, embarked on a journey through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. In Cuzco, Peru, standing before an alter where the Incas had sacrifced their female virgins, the daughter asked, "Are there any good men?" South American Mi Hija is Sharon Doubiago's reply.

Sharon Olds is one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices. Winner of several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Olds is known for writing intensely personal, emotionally scathing poetry which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events. Sharon Olds is enormously self-aware, wrote David Leavitt in the Voice Literary Supplement.

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Comments:

Marad
I am not an academic and am sure I don't know half of what Doubiago is up to. Ah, but the other half!

I discovered Doubiago when she gave a reading I happened upon in the 80s. The reading was so gripping I bought this book then and there. I read it mostly before bed, which was dangerous because there was so much "there" there it was hard to put down. This book is also dangerous because it reaches out, punches you in the chest, rips out your heart and starts gnawing on it before your horrified eyes. Everything strikes home.

I didn't know this book was an epic poem, I didn't even figure out it was sort of a travelogue, until recently-although now, looking a the list of titles, it is obvious. I just opened it to different pages at random and felt myself captured and enthralled. I didn't know of Doubiago's tough history, including rape by her father--that she has now written about it in a two volume series. My Father's Love, Vol I: Portrait of the Poet as a Young GirlMy Father's Love, Vol II: The Legacy, Portrait of the Poet as a Woman

What i did know was this woman seemed to see all and know all, tying classical history to the history of the American west to Buddhism to her young life growing up in an unhappy family in small California towns to being everyone's high school sweetheart cheerleader to the influence of the beats, to her first, heartbreaking, love through later travels and loves. How she describes all of this is nothing short of wondrous. I agree with much of the "academic" review posted here as well as with the reviewer who emphasizes this is not only a "woman's book," although it is most definitely the story of an intelligent, visionary, emotionally resonant woman.

When I lost this book in the course of traveling, I was heartsick when I learned it had gone out of print . Whenever I would go to a used bookstore, I would head for Poetry and then for "D" hoping the store might have it, which it never did. Fortunately for all of us, it became available again.

Now, having read much about her, I have all the more respect for her struggle to make sense of, and not be victimized by her experience. Hard Country is still too much for me to deal with as a whole. I still just pick it up and check out a poem at random. While many have become favorites, I still discover something new in the poems I know and still discover new poems, all of which make me interested in whatever she has to notice, to say. I have read her during bad times, when I thought i could not go on, and somehow her poems have helped me go on. I have read her during good times, and am able to see how she can recognize good times as well--although she recognizes of course everything is impermanent. If poetry classes could teach only one work, i would say teach Hard Country. In fact, I would love to see an online class on this book--I'm sure I would learn so much more.

I would say, run out and buy this book immediately. But you are already here at Amazon. So just do the necessary clicks and buy this book immediately. It will change your life. All in all, what we have here is The Great American Novel, although of course, written as a series of poems. Yes, it will make you laugh (not much, but at times). Yes, it will make you cry, and often. Above all, it will pierce your heart.
Aiata
I don't know why so many refer to "Hard Country" as a woman's epic. Any red blooded male with a scrap of intelligence and a bit of soul will be fiercely moved by this magnifiscent work of art. It is terrifying and profound in its relevance to the American Condition and deserves the notoriety of only the most relevant works of American literature; "Moby Dick" and stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft; and the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.

The central image is that of Isis looking for the members of her lover and brother Osiris' body. With that kind of scavenging intellect and an almost hypervigilant sensitivity Doubiago peruses the traumas at the bottom of the American soul conjuring poetic images of her lost love from America's living ruin. Hard Times for all - as the song Charles Dickens once referred to goes.

That sort of endeavor shines with its own greatness. A greatness of scope and magnitude combined with an impossible intimacy and tenderness - a tenderness that is strong but not unseemly.
Zolorn
Out of print since 1987, with a new foreword by the publisherJohn Crawford and a new afterword by Doubiago, this second edition ofHard Country restores to general availability one of the great booksof twentieth century American poetry. Presented in four parts, Headstone, Headland, Heartland, and Heartsea, the final and briefest part which contains the couplet "behind the livid hieroglyphs a woman/ I don't see is on the horizon of the desert, screaming," and closes the entire epic with:
buoyed for the moment on my barren coffin, my soft-shelled eggs, with only love for hope look back onto the whole country, its lethal tide its love of death its hatred of love and warn you
So we can't say we haven't been warned, and warned in no uncertain terms, and in a multitude of tones. "I am the history of this country" the poet declares in the poem "Bicentennial," which ought to make it pass muster with at least the Ezra Pound traditionalists where an epic is a poem containing history. Hard Country contains several great and distinct individual poems as well including the poem "Hard Country," about, like much of the whole book, Indians and their effect on Americans of all kinds. "One said you think you're just surrounded by your tall buildings/ and farms, but we're all around you. You'll never be rid of us," and later, "They're inside our bodies now where they can't be fought." Other great poems include "I was Born Coming to the Sea," "Avenue of the Giants," "Crazy Horse," and the poem "Wyoming." Back and forth across this country with her face turned straight at it, the poet goes at her peril, reciting its terrible history against the backdrop of its equally awesome potential. This is a poem of the "West" in America because it frequently traces history from the West to the East, in the opposite direction to which the European incursion occurred and from which it is usually taught, as if the history of this disaster was coming towards us instead of spreading out, "over there," beyond New Jersey as our culture is falsely imagined from the fortress of New York. "There is just something spiritual about poetry, something about consciousness, the psyche; it tends to drive you into the forcefield of others and other things. It seems to provide a more direct means for making emotional and truthful critiques of the culture and the facts of your life," Doubiago claims in her "Afterward." Speaking of her methods, she says "Sometimes there really is a beginning, middle, and end. Postmodern/language poetry, the current enforcer against narrative and the I, is not just the poetry of those of us in genuine resistance to the King and exploration for the free world, or simply of the rebellious young who are trying to get away from home, but ominously, the poetry of professors, critics and the Corps who must stay impersonal. It's the poetry of the married and employed, the academicians and the trustfunders. It's the poetry for those who aim to keep their relationships of blackmail. Hard Country is an attempted synthesis of these conflicting aesthetics and consciousnesses, including also the poetics of my college educators who were mostly New Critics and formalists. It holds the vision that many of our writing rules and attitudes are of the same mentality as the U.S.'s genocidal policy of Manifest Destiny, the military's `law and order' that led us into Vietnam and all our wars (all stupid, tragic, and avoidable) the legal and psychic control of women, all non-whites and their cultures, and our ongoing ecological destruction of Earth. It is a quest for full consciousness, a fuller reality in writing anyway than had ever been allowed me, a child of America who believed like religion in its guaranteed `freedom of speech,' and an attempt to be honest in writing, to admit to my own participation in the evil, however helpless and innocent. To try to face the consequences of my privileges. To try to get free." Doubiago is a poet who says she wants to "occupy space without filling it." Reading the love written into every line of this poem is a transformative experience. She is able to write, in "Austin: The Making of a Boy," as sympathetic a portrait of Lyndon Johnson as we're ever apt to get. So too her marvelous rendition of Sitting Bull. These are real people in our history and our lives. "I was so slow to talk that I was threatened with specialists. I wouldn't talk because of the self-mortification of imitating and obeying...All my life I've wanted to just speak, truth out of my mouth without pretext or artifice." Hard Country is a book of warmth, substance and style. Entire books will be written about it. Like all great works, it will take longer to write the exegesis than the text itself occupies. There isn't a library in this country, personal, public or private, that won't be enhanced by having Hard Country in it. Doubiago meets the test of the best prophetic writing, cf E.M. Forester and his opinions of Emily Bronte, Melville, Lawrence and Dostoevsky, by looking straight at her subjects without flinching, for finding the exquisite detail that conveys the whole, and for feeling so deeply about the subjects that they acquire the power of song. It is the tone of broken love, the passionate plea for a future that makes the work prophetic. Doubiago has said that when we talk about soul we're talking about our feelings. There will be feeling in your future. The rest of time will be recognizable and indistinguishable from the past. When you begin to feel, as this poem is capable of stimulating you to, the doors to the future can open.
Shalinrad
This poem is awsome! Hard Country is an exciting and moving epic poem about a woman's life. Doubiago uses a road trip to to explore her own personal issues. The searching theme in this peom is so moving that even the reader will become involved in the search for her Ramon. A powerfull poem for anybody who likes Whitman's Song of Myself, William's Patterson, or H.D.'s Trilogy. This poem will be a classic!

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