Saturday, August 16, 2008

And now for something completely different...

The one poem that I've written as an adult, "Ride the Wind," has recently been published for a second time. The reprint appears in RUBBER SIDE DOWN, The Biker Poetry Anthology, edited by Jose Gouveia ("JoeGo"). The anthology was released August 4th (Opening Day of the Sturgis 2008 Motorcycle Rally). All the poetry, including mine, is about motorcycle riding even though I've never ridden a motorcycle!

Like cowboy poetry, biker poetry seems to be a genre on the rise. The book traces the beginnings of biker poetry to a poetry throwdown of sorts on a farm in Colorado in 1975, attended by an assortment of bikers and hippies and a young Hunter S. Thompson. The contributors include the late Allen Ginsberg and Thom Gunn, Diane Wakoski, and a host of writers from the motorcycle press, including Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum (Harley-Davidson Historian Emeritus), Susan Buck, and K. Peddlar Bridges. The book features photos by noted motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter ("Choppers, Heavy Metal Art").

Working with JoeGo has been a hoot, and I can't wait to get my hands on my own author copies. The anthology is available at the website of the publisher, Archer Books: and on Amazon:

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