Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey (1994)
This is the only collection of Edward Abbey's poetry that has
ever been or will ever be published. It is edited by David
Petersen, who was a friend of Abbey and now also literary editor
of the Abbey estate.
The collection is "not proffered as great poetry, but
rather, offered as a revealing and entertaining insight into the
mind and emotions of a great contemporary novelist and essayist,
a great man."
This book contains original artwork by Michael McCurdy.
Michael has kindly allowed us to display most of the drawings
here. More art can be seen at his homepage.
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The only collection of Edward Abbey's poetry that has ever
been or will ever be published.
"I don't see how poetry can ever be easy... Real
poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that
lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are
essential elements in poetry as well as behind
it." - Edward Abbey
"This collection carries Abbey's voice, his eye for
significant detail, his humor, his lust for life, and his
anger at all who would destroy or succumb. In his poetry, as
in his novels and essays, Abbey was a man of passions. He felt...love,
loneliness, rage, regret, despair, joy, and hope." - poet
Leonard Bird, on Earth Apples
(on inner flaps:)
Edward Abbey continues to grow in stature as one of America's
funniest and most profound twentieth-century writers.
Brooding, iconoclastic, prophetic, Abbey was principally
known as a prose writer, the author of such legendary works
as The Monkey Wrench Gang, Desert Solitaire,
and The Brave Cowboy.
Although Abbey rarely published his poetry, he was,
unbeknownst to his loyal and often fanatical public, a
passionate producer of verse, and these seventy-one original
poems - never before published in any form (although several
were rejected by the leading magazines of the nation) - offer
an insightful and wrenching look into the mind of this great
man known to some as "Cactus Ed." To read these
poems, all written between 1952 and 1989, and culled from his
Journals, is to feel the ineffable, irrefutable
essence of Edward Abbey. The poems frequently alternate
between the joy and pain that marked his life, and all
brandish his immutable character and nonconformity.
Whether writing about his love of wild doves, his
unadulterated hatred of New York City, or his fondness of
bawdy women, Abbey was unapologetically passionate - and
these poems will only add to his literary reputation and
Not bad for a spud-digging farm boy out of rural
"These works -- most of the culled from Abbey's
journals -- often show Cactus Ed's verse to be overblown
[...], plain silly [...], or both. Editor Petersen stresses
that the collection "is not proffered as great
poetry." Yet even though Earth Apples does
offer some glimpses into Abbey's anti-urbanism and his anger,
which seemed to wear as many colors as a rainbow, not
proffering the poems at all might have been a better idea. In
this as in his life, if we can forgive Abbey his juvenilia
and focus on his social and political impact, then his image
does begin to burnish a bit like the desert itself."
-- Miles Harvey, Outside
Library of Congress Data
Abbey, Edward, 1927-
Earth apples = (Pommes des terre) : the poetry of Edward Abbey / collected
and introduced by David Peterson ; illustrations by Michael McCurdy. New York
: St. Martin's Press, 1994. p. cm.
LC CALL NUMBER: PS3551.B2 E27 1994 *CIP - NOT YET IN LC*
PROJECTED PUBLICATION DATE: 9409
Peterson, David, 1946-
Abbey, Edward, 1927- Pommes des terres.
Pommes des terres.
DEWEY DEC: 811/.54 dc20
ISBN: 0312112653 : $14.95
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