Conger Beasley's writing is so close to the voice of the casual conversation that as I moved through these marvelous essays I could almost believe we were sitting across from one another in some roadside café as he told his tales of travel and encounter. . . . What Conger Beasley has given us here are eight essays that start off like trafel pieces, develop like good short stories, and often end like poetry at its best. --Miller Williams
With the utterly magical Eyes Open in the Dark, Conger Beasley, Jr. places himself securely in the ranks of the finest essayists working in the United States today. --Norman Zollinger
Conger Beasley, Jr., was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. From 1970 to 1982, he was an editor at Universal Press Syndicate and Andrews & McMeel in Kansas City. He has published two novels, three volumes of poetry, and two collections of short fiction. A collection of essays, Sun Dancers and River Demons, received the Thorpe Menn Award in 1991 for best book by a Kansas City-area author. His latest book, We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, received the 1995 Western Writers of America Spur Award.
Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, H. C. Palmer honors both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak experience without diminishing it. Seldom h...
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