OHM SPRING 2020
Volume 4, Issue 1
The Salty River Bleeds by Stephen Page
This is genuine good writing. This is not a walk in the gew gaw shop of strained emotions and overreaching images. This is writing carved from the raw material of actual living and work. There are narratives and there are lyrics with each word penetrating its subject like the point of a knife. There are good guys and there are bad guys and they are all exposed with a language that flies straight to the truth. “How long did you take to flay those sheep whose skins lie so limply wet in your truck?” Pay attention. This guy, Stephen Page, is going to make some noise in the shining cathedral of poetry.
–Rustin Larson, author of Library Rain https://rustinlarson.wordpress.com
Stephen Page’s Literary Rep breezed through Indiana, stayed a few days in Indianapolis, ate healthy food, and donated books to libraries and bookstores.
Beech Grove Branch Library
Kranett Public Library
Garfield Branch Public Library
Fountain Square Branch Public Library
Indiana State Public Library
Barnes & Noble Indiana University
A Traveller Who Saw Many University of Tennessee Hats Wandered Through Knoxville While Delivering Books by Stephen Page is Given Free Laundry Service By Citi Hills Church. Books Were delivered to:
Lawson McGhee Library
Knoxville County Public Library
McKay Used Books
The Family Bubble Laundromat
and many other bookstores and libraries
#ecoLiterature #ecoPoetry #spreadTheNews #saveOurPlanet #noPesticides
A U of M Fan (Who also likes Michigan State) visited Ann Arbor, ate At Knight’s, mailed packages, and left books at the following locations:
Ann Arbor West Side Bookshop
Ann Arbor District Library
AADL Public Library
Mr. Stadium Laundry
A Michigander was driving to the Ogemaw District Library in Rose Township, and ran into a blizzard. The snow so heavy she was driving at times 5 mph. She couldn’t take her hands off the wheel to take a pic of the heaviest snowfall for fear of losing control–the road underneath the snow was frozen rain. When the heavy snow stopped, she arrived at the library, but it was closed, in fact it never opened. She donated a copy of “The Salty River Bleeds,” to the adjoining book store.
Stephen Page’s Lit Rep Has Entered Cincinnati, drove around the suburbs, eaten-on-the-road food, stayed in a roadside hotel, seen a horrible car accident, and left, enjoying the freedom of the road and the beauteous countryside. She has placed “The Salty River Bleeds” and “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” in the following locations:
Sharonville Public Library
Deer Park Public Library
Madeira Branch Public Library
Old Milford Library
Goshen Branch Public Library
Owensville Branch Public Library
Clermont County Public Library
Doris E. Wood Branch Library
“The Salty River Bleeds” by Stephen Page
Review by Aria Ligi
Page’s collection, Salty River Bleeds, is a two-part parable, one of the lives of Jonathon and Teresa and the other of his ranch, its inhabitants, the environ consisting of his cows, sheep, ibis and such and their struggle against the exteriors (man encroaching on them all). Yet, it is also, as he pictures so beautifully, mirrored with Old Man, who through the simple the challenge of living day to day, is a metaphor for it all. Pages’ work embodies very Campbellesque qualities of the myth told within the confines of free verse, epistles, and alternatively spiced with rhyme. Page is not only a mythmaker he is rancher poet-activist who is wise enough to question his place within the tale, that of hunter and farmer, while portraying in stark terms the cost to those around him from his livestock to the earth, air, those who would shepherd it, and those who would seek to profit from it. This is a fascinating read because it does not shy away from depicting the most hideous of things, such as the roof of a truck slicing through a man’s neck, nor does it distance itself from the beauty that is all around him. Yet, Page does not leave it there, because at the end he returns us to his quiet pondering, that of Teresa and Old Man, leaving us with the mirror image for us all and the unsaid question, are we all not walking that same road, and in that are we not all one and the same?
Publisher – Finishing Line Press
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