Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm by David Hamilton

Issue #87
Spring 2002

DeWitt Henry recommends
Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm, by David Hamilton: “In an experimental ‘memoir’ that extends from the personal to the regional to the historic and geographical with an epic sweep comparable to Thoreau’s in
Walden and William Carlos Williams’s in
Paterson, New Jersey, Hamilton considers the legacies of injustice in Missouri as a slave state; in the reconstruction legends of ‘bushwhackers’; and in Native American history. Time, space, and the Missouri River are presences that would seem to erase any human history; however, Hamilton’s parents and brother emerge as fully imagined, as does the author himself, remarkable for his reverence for language, for story, for the land, and for the legacies of love.” (Missouri)