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In the concluding volume of Louis Daniel Brodsky's narrative trilogy about a Northerner's personal odyssey in Faulkner's Mississippi, the hypocrisy and bigotry of small-town Oxford, with its commercialization of Faulkner, exacerbate the main character's disillusion, a malaise that ultimately leads to his moral and spiritual degradation.
Louis D. Brodsky always works in improbable and daring ways. The narrator of this striking monologue . . . metaphorically transforms the State of Mississippi into "Mistress Mississippi," the image incarnate of his illusions and delusions of desire.
— Lewis P. Simpson, author of Dispossessed Garden: Pastoral and History in Literature
The poems in which Brodsky tells his reader and himself about this special world are lively and spirited and quite realistic.
— Cleanth Brooks, author of William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country
In Defense of Physical Manifestations
From love's extremities,
We rush toward Oxford,
The location of our fated clandestination
Whose mutual habitations vary
Each time either of us contemplates trysting.
You, mistress, and I, your heart's bard,
Soon, we'll blend our voices again,
(An orgasmic catechism), hoping poetry,