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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Page uses his poetic verse to create a cowboy legend.
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Congratulations! We are delighted to inform you that your piece “In the Room of the Dead” has won the first place award in Poetry for the 2019 Bravura Literary Journal.
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2019 Editors of Bravura
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