Meadowlark West is the final complete collection of poetry written by legendary surrealist and beat-era author, Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). It is, in many ways, his masterpiece. With its emphasis on Native American myths, ecology, and surrealism, along with Lamantia's full range of spiritual concerns, Meadowlark West is like a left-wing version of Pound's Cantos, condensed into a much more poetically congenial length. Though somewhat demanding, the book is powered by Lamantia's lyrical and visionary style, which brings even the most stubbornly esoteric poems through to the reader. All you need is the willingness to venture into the unknown.
--recommended by Garrett, City Lights Books
This magical poetry creates a contemporary urban bucolic in its electric transitions between city and wilderness, human design and the natural world. Lamantia combines savage satire with an intense lyricism. These poems open the coiled dream door of the labyrinth to apocalyptic terrors, catastrophes of the political world, old myths of the earth, the sublimity of birds, the wild West, the commune of anarchs and the regenerative power of love.