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The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems Paperback – May 1, 2005
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The Art of Bicycling: a Treasury of Poems (Breakaway Books 2005), edited by former Bicycling Magazine assistant editor Justin Belmont, is a moving collection of bicycling poetry covering the entire history of transcendence in the two-wheeled saddle. Remember all those epiphanies you've had hammering uphill under a hot sun 70 miles into a century, or gliding down through freezing rain, eyes tearing? No? That's ok - someone else wrote them down, and they're in this book. As Justin says in the Introduction, The Art of Bicycling is "[n]ot just [about] the machine itself, in its bare essential elements, its crank and sprocket clusters, but the range of joys and pains and memories it inspires in . . . the psyche of the cyclist."
Disclaimer: one of my poems is in here. But, being a poet, I don't actually get paid, so big deal. And, I am capable of being critical: Justin didn't put in two of my poems.
Actually, he didn't put in two of anybody's, except for that world-renowned sprinter, Anonymous. But he did put in poems by Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, C.K. Williams, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, William Stafford, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and other famous poets you may not recognize. Plus, there are lots of folks like me with day jobs. Who are these people?Read more ›
It covers the entire history of cycling.
It is not just about the bike, however, but also about the experience of cycling itself in all its variety.
A wonderful read.