Caliban in Blue

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Texas Tech University Press, 1976 - Poetry - 62 pages
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Caliban in Blue is a collection of poems by Walter McDonald. In these poems, McDonald incorporates various aspects of his life such as family, characters from works of literature, and memories of a war he went to and the planes he flew. "Walter McDonald's poems are not pounded out on the typewriter, but beaten out of life. They taste and breathe and cry. They had to be written. They must be read." —Paul Engle "There's a deep pleasure in reading a book of poems that are simply and consistently interesting. McDonald's poems are that, except that 'simply' may not be the right word. They move with complex and contrary forces. And they are informed by experience and perspective rare in a first book." —Miller Williams Walter McDonald lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife. Once an Air Force pilot and instructor at the Air Force Academy, he most recently taught creative writing and American literature at Texas Tech University. In addition to his poetry, he has published fiction and essays and is co-editor of A 'Catch-22' Casebook. A Ph.D. graduate of The University of Iowa, he is past president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers.
 

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Contents

CALIBAN ON SPINNING
3
ALL MY SAD PILOTS
5
FLIGHT ORDERS
6
FARAWAY PLACES
7
NIGHT BEFORE MY FATHER WENT TO WAR
8
EMBARKATION
9
DA NANG DELIGHT
10
CALIBAN IN BLUE
11
THE RETIRED PILOT TO HIMSELF
25
ON PLANTING MY FIRST TREE SINCE VIETNAM
26
TRIBUTE POEMS
27
FOR KELLY MISSING IN ACTION
29
THE HAMMER
31
ON CONRADS SECRET AGENT
33
KURTZ
35
LORD JIM UPON HIS BODY
36

THE JUNGLES OF DA LAT
12
NIGHT AT CAM RANH BAY
13
ROCKET HOUR
14
WITH A GUY NAMED FAWKES US ARMY
15
AFTER MONSOON
16
ROCKET ATTACK
17
CAM RANH BAY HOSPITAL SURGICAL WARD 2
19
AIR EVAC
21
VIEW FROM THE WARD
22
THE PILOT HOME
23
LIGHTNING
24
BELLING THE MOUSE
37
HOLY WARS
40
9
42
FIRST POETRY READING
43
FOR HARPER KILLED IN ACTION
45
CHILDREN IN TIME
47
MAKING TIME
49
THE PARTY
50
WAS
51
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\Walter McDonald lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife. Once an Air Force pilot and instructor at the Air Force Academy, he most recently taught creative writing and American literature at Texas Tech University. In addition to his poetry, he has published fiction and essays and is co-editor of A 'Catch-22' Casebook. A Ph.D. graduate of The University of Iowa, he is past president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers.

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