This collection of poetry explores the poet's relationship and generational conflict with his father, the environment in which he matured, and the culture of his youth. The poems center around problems achieving self-definition in the American Midwest and the massive pressures for conformity pressed upon youth by the pop media. The poet rails against his own generation, which he views as failing to respond to the massive changes in the American social morass, except by escapism and avoidance.
Used availability for Ryan G Van Cleave's Ha Ha Tonka
September 2003 : USA Paperback