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Backroad Melodies: New Poetry & Essays Paperback – June 14, 2013
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About the Author
Robert Yehling is the author of nine books, including the Independent Book Award-winning Writes of Life, poetry/essay collections Shades of Green and The River-Fed Stone, and co-author of The Champion’s Way. Editor of The Hummingbird Review literary journal, he writes the popular Word Journeys blog, and teaches writing throughout the U.S. After living for years in back road locations, he now resides in Oceanside, Calif.
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Top Customer Reviews
In "Backroad Melodies" Yehling proves he's no dilettante. It's a collection of 50 poems and essays timed for summer but capable of soothing our tired souls while feeding our fancy in December as well as June.
Yehling can be funny and philosophical, charming and intrusive. One moment he's being pungently original about coffee shops and the next he's talking Kerouac with Gary Snyder. One minute it's like he's capturing the stillness of a raft floating Twain-like down a river and next he's jiving with a hot guitar and a couple celebrating fifteen years of love as he does, tearfully, in the poem "Shock and Awe."
It's hard to pick a favorite from this melting pot of personal treasures. But I quickly became a Yehling fan, marveling at his surprising charm and honesty, as I succumbed to all ten parts of the blank verse of "Running Jokes." I keep going back to it and finding some new nugget to feast on.
Backroad Melodies is that kind of collection. You don't want it to end. With each new visit comes a surprise. And Mr. Yehling, I am pleased to say, can add one more thing to his awesome list of accomplishments.
He happens to be damn good.
To read of passion & joy in the poem "Supernova", to the poem "Backroad Melodies" taking the reader on a trip through the mind to a simpler, and relaxing time, the Author runs the gambit of emotions. Each poem is wonderfully written, in many different styles, showing the beauty of the literary language, and its ability to transport the reader to times & places in their lives, and the memories that surround them.
One of my favorite poems is "In her Garden" in which Robert Yehling eloquently describes in beautiful detail the sights & sounds of the garden, the animals that share in its beauty, the surrounding elements of sun & rain that can determine how much growth with take place. I immediately connected with the words that mentally painted a picture of my garden, the daily walks hoping to see new life sprouting from Mother Earth, tending and weeding, and hoping ever so much for a beautiful result. But the poem also reminds me of the circle of life. Birth & death, joy & grief, reap & sow.
My favorite essay is "Morning Tea with Gary Snyder". From the very beginning and the Sun streaked ponderosa pines, Robert gives the reader the gift of spending time with what becomes a trusted friend, the reader can see a brief moment in a life of work & words.
I have begun to incorporate a reading from "Backroad Melodies" with my daily morning meditations. To begin each day with an appreciation for beauty at its basic level, seeing the travels down the Backroads of my mind restores my joy, and my soul.
I would HIGHLY recommend "Backroad Melodies" to anyone young or old, looking to connect with their inner light through a journey of discovery and the "Backroad Melodies" that envelop our lives. Would make an AWESOME gift for the reader in all of us.