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The Middle Passage by Paul Metcalf - Paperback - First - 1976 - from Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Bookstore and

The Middle Passage: A Triptych of Commodities

by Paul Metcalf

Condition: Near Fine/Very Good+

Jargon 78.

Experimental fiction in three parts: Ludd, Efik and Orca, referring to three commodities: the looms that the Luddites feared, slaves, and whales. Pictorial dust jacket over stiff black paper cover. [63] pages. Slight shelf wear at edges and top of dust jacket.

"About Genoa (Jargon 43), Metcalf remarked in passing: 'I have written a wicked book, etc., etc., etc.' With The Middle Passage, we need a blurb saying: 'I have written a dark book, etc., etc.' And what a coal-hole! An unbearable blackness at times: he makes it possible by keeping the beat. The time he takes taps out the passion & dispassion of the textbook and the poem as they submit one to the other in turn. That hope--the old cliche commands us to abandon when entering such places--moves like a virus all throughout this, The Middle Passage." -Thomas Meyer


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