JIM HARRISON: Haiku
I want to look at a cow
without my mind saying “cow.”
–Cliff (main character in THE ENGLISH MAJOR)
[from: THE ENGLISH MAJOR, Jim Harrison, Grove Press, 2008, $14]
Editor’s Note: A MUST read for English majors, English teachers, poets, novelists, Jim Harrison fans. Classic Harrison. It lives and breathes. Harrison Country from Michigan, the Midwest, the plains, the West and Southwest.
“It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn’t.” With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a sixty-something man, divorced and robbed of his farm by a late-blooming real estate shark of an ex-wife, on a road trip across America. Cliff is armed with a childhood puzzle of the fifty states and a mission to change the banal names white men have given them. His adventures take him from a whirlwind affair with a former student, to a “snake farm” in Arizona, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer in San Francisco. A 2009 Michigan Notable Book, The English Major is vintage Harrison—reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.–from the back cover