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Dirt Road Dreams Paperback – December 17, 2012
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About the Author
Susie Clevenger is a writer who refers to the whole world as her muse and translates her observations of life into verse. As a young girl she spent many evenings dreaming of what lay beyond dirt roads, wanting to express what was inside of her. Today Susie is a coordinator for the New World Creative Union and a member of the online writing community Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Her work has been featured online in "The Creative Nexus," "Poetry & Prose Magazine," and the "Brinks Gallery."
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Top Customer Reviews
My favorite poems were: 'One more cigarette'-which is a twist on a relationship break up and very beautifully written (pg 43).
'Sixteen', which I loved so much I want to frame it! A poem that perfectly encompasses what it feels like to be a sixteen year old girl.To me it spoke of the importance of keeping hold of the thread that connects us to our younger selves and the dreams we had then(and should still have!)(pg 65).
'Let Us', a poem of freedom; an untethering from the routine that life can be.(pg 79).
It is the sort of book that can be read and re read. Keep it in your bedside drawer!
Lines like this, from "A Hero Fighting Shadows," can leave no reader unmoved:
Nineteen years old,
fighting a war
to save a wife
he stood guard
over her dreams.
Dirt-road dreams or fiendish nightmares, the reader feels compelled to cheer for our heroine and those who support her on her journey, particularly her husband. Cheering is just what you'll do when you get to these words (from "My Word Metamorphosis") near the end:
I am a butterfly poet
birthed from pain
flying with the freedom
of my verses.
Particular favorites of mine were Poem, A Hero Fighting Shadows, Ghost On A Wire, Drowning In Questions, Creating With Lead, Spiked Tongue Ascent and Life Is.
Susie has an amazing way with words that makes her poetry relatable, accessible and open to everyone. This is one that I plan to keep on the bedside table and will reread for sure.
as this excerpt from one that will stay with me forever is DESPERATION'S AMBIENCE "it was just another night ; of expecting the worst" as two sit down to syringes and cigarette butts...another night of surviving what they'd becoome.
as in real life, and it's ups and downs, Ms Clevenger does capture soft moments as in her work THE RED MOON.
"Dirt Road Dreams is a must read ocllection for any reader who enjoys a darkness grounded in realism