Crescent Press, Taos's newest publisher, announces its most recent publication. Peter Rabbit's Cabeza de Vaca: an Epic Poem. The paperback includes a preface by the book’s editor, Anne MacNaughton, a foreword by the late author and commentary by the author's close associate, award-winning writer Terry Bisson. Wife of the late Peter Rabbit, Anne McNaughton, will talk about the book at Bookworks.
Poet, author and performer Peter Rabbit (née Peter L. Douthit, 1936-2012) was born in the oil region of Pennsylvania at the end of the Great Depression. He attended school in Owensboro, Kentucky and numerous colleges including Black Mountain College where he studied with Charles Olson. Writing and performing since his teens, in the 1960s Rabbit co-founded Drop City, the Southwest’s first commune as well as Libre, another commune in Colorado’s Huerfano Valley.
Along with his wife, Anne MacNaughton, he founded the famed The Taos Poetry Circus, SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest, a literary organization) and the World Poetry Bout Association. Rabbit authored six books of poetry and nonfiction, including the underground classic, Drop City.
In this new book, Rabbit explores the indigenous healing practices and world view that put Cabeza de Vaca’s peripatetic adventure at odds with the 16th century rulers of Spain and the Holy Roman Empire. Informed by the author's personal
relationship with and participation in the ‘60s psychedelic revolution as well as by decades as a respected peyote road man and years cultivating high altitude cannabis indica, the work ─told in the voices of six characters, including that of the author himself─ presents an interplay between the factual and the imaginary, disquisition and dialogue, peroration and prayer.