How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets

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Christopher Buckley, David Oliveira, M. L. Williams
Roundhouse Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Poetry - 273 pages
Poetry. "At one level, these are poems of Fresno. They surprise the reader into seeing how a superb, various art has emerged from one part of California. They revel in the actual. They show the tract homes, the fruit orchards, the farms, the scalding summers. But at a more important level, HOW MUCH EARTH proves one of the oldest truths of language: that the here-and-now and the local have the best sort of kinship with the infinite. Everyone who knows that they came from somewhere will be moved, enchanted, and confirmed by this book" -Eavan Boland.

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Christopher Buckley was born December 24, 1952. He is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Wet Work, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, and, most recently, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir. He is the son of William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Buckley. Buckley, like his father, graduated from Yale University, as a member of Skull and Bones. He became managing editor of Esquire Magazine and later worked as the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. This experience led to his novel The White House Mess, a satire on White House office politics and political memoirs.

Oliveira studied with Levine in the late sixties. He is publisher of Mille Grazie Press, and editor of Solo, an award-winning poetry journal.

Williams edited Quarterly West, and has taught at UC, Santa Barbara.

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