Set the Ploughshare Deep a Praire Memoir
- List Price: $29.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780821413210
- ISBN10: 082141321X
Fifteen years in the making, Set the Ploughshare Deep is a memoir in prose, verse, and wood cuts. It depicts the consequences of Warren's advice for a writer who turned his back on cities and the academic world, who bought and sold, farmed and failed like his forbears, all the while distilling what he saw, heard, or felt into his tall tales and short verses. Timothy Murphy has harvested pheasants and ducks as well as wheat and apples, For him, hunting is often an extended reflection on mortality, yet it also affords apt occasions for his quirky sense of humor.
Father, the dog and l are learning how to die with our feet stuck in the muck and our eyes trained on the sky.
Like Murphy, artist Charles Beck has lived all his life in the bleak yet bountiful country near the Red River. His vividly colored woodcuts, along with Vincent Murphy's reminiscence of Dust Bowl days on a Minnesota farm, perfectly complement the younger Murphy's work. The result is a blending of forms and visions that poet and critic Timothy Steele has likened to Dante's La Vita Nuova.
Set the Ploughshare Deep cannot be easily categorized, only experienced. An American story from deep in the great Midwest, it is as timely as news headlines on the farm crisis, and as timeless as the bucolic poems of Horace and the landscapes of' Van Gogh.