Wow! A poetry book about Honky Tonks and Dance Halls, who would have thought but then again I am a fan of Cowboy poetry. This collection of poems; by writers that include a poet laureate, a librarian and a middle school English teacher, works. Each one seems to take you on a journey, some sad and some laugh out loud funny. I don’t often quote from the books I read, but with this one it seems appropriate:
“We know you can open your own doors.
Hell, you could lead if you wanted,
but chivalry is a gift
the woman gives the man
to make us feel strong, wanted, needed;
perhaps a bit invincible.”
From Words From My Father by Karla K Morton
And one of my favorite lines in the book:
“….we were flying our lives
through the sixties and we didn’t have a clue
that we were like the Ugly Americans.”
From Integration 1964 by Dave Parsons
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poetry. Maybe it is because I am a Texan and love Honky Tonks and Dance Halls, two steppin’ and juke boxes but I highly recommend you take a gander at it for yourself!