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Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce (1983): All the Chief’s Men

Robert Penn Warren, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce (Random House, 1983)

[originally posted 5Jun2001]

The title and a medal adorn the book cover.

Sometimes simple is best.
photo credit: montanawriter.com

Warren’s penultimate book of poetry, published as he was nearing eighty, is less something to be criticized or examined as it is to be learned from. Warren, seventy-five at the time of this long poem’s writing, had been in the game for over a half century, had won the Pulitzer three times (as well as most other major prizes known to man), and was one of the last century’s most influential writers on many fronts. Forget nitpicking, and just learn from one of the few Americans who has truly earned the title of “master” in the poetic realm. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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