From the moment survivors of Captain Cook's third voyage of discovery found that sea otter skins procured from Northwest Coast Indians would bring $100 apiece on the Chinese market, the future of the coast, the Indians, and the sea otters was irrevocably altered. Tom Clark's serial poetic history of the maritime fur trade (1785-1810) documents and ...
From the moment survivors of Captain Cook's third voyage of discovery found that sea otter skins procured from Northwest Coast Indians would bring $100 apiece on the Chinese market, the future of the coast, the Indians, and the sea otters was irrevocably altered. Tom Clark's serial poetic history of the maritime fur trade (1785-1810) documents and elaborates that change, linking white world fur traders with indigenes in extended metaphors of contact and confrontation. Distilling fact from decisive instance to yield an elegiac narrative of the original encounter, the poems develop implications that bring the story into current perspectives, engaging ethnology, ecology, Indian cultural and mythic history, geography, European and American civilized' (white world) vs. primitive' ways of thinking. "No doubt about it", writes Western poet and historian Edward Dorn, "Empire of Skin is one of the great books of recent decades. The Cook sequences particularly are vivid and precisely measured and bring the record of the amazing venality of the Northwest coast to life. It's the greatest work on the fur trade since Colonel Chittenden".
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Very good. This VG pb would have been rated Fine, but for light edgewear, cover marks due to price stickers, light corner wear/corner scrunch. Clean text, tight binding. Trade paperback, 5 3/4 x 9", Part 1 w/only one section, Part 2 w/8 sections. 232 p. In his preface to Tom Clark"s epic poem, Ed Dorn writes: In the American westward expansion...the search for peltry [skins, furs, "soft gold"] led the way before all other exploitation mining, ranching, land hunger. The Pacific Northwest was the last of the late-eighteenth and early-twentieth-century frontiers, and it is still "the last frontier." Empire of Skin is the recapitulation of the greatest hunting enterprise of the millennium, which brought the grounding and mapping of what is now demarked by the geopolitical term "Pacific Rim." The story encompasses the somber pursuit of prolific creatures [beaver, otter, buffalo, bear] irresistible to a race born without the hats and coats necessary for surviving extreme latitudes. This was the last great raid on nature before nineteenth-century advances in chemistry [yielded synthetic winter fabrics], allowing the masses a measure of warmth and affording the comfortable, morally opportunistic condemnation of the wearing of animal fur...[Empire of Skin] is a beautifully founded document. It is created with a poetry that carries the authority of the full modern tradition. Its exactitudes of diction generate and inform the imagination. It is only such poetry that is capable of saving such extensive cultural memory from the decaying vortex of history."
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