- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Big Table Publishing Company (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996540520
- ISBN-13: 978-0996540520
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,621,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dust Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
Brady Peterson lives near Belton, Texas where for much of the past thirty years he worked building houses or teaching rhetoric and literature at a local university. He once worked a fork lift in a lumber yard in East Austin, tried to teach eighth graders the importance of using language, worked briefly as a technical writer, and helped raise five daughters. He has run one marathon, fought in one karate tournament, climbed one mountain, failed to make the UT baseball team as a walk on, and took tango lessons with his wife. He is the author of Glued to the Earth and Between Stations.
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And what makes Dust unique is that the author is simply commenting about life in its lowest common denominator. In language that is accessible and visceral, Peterson reveals much modern society.
Take for example, “We Once Played” which will resonate strongly with anyone who grew up in the sixties:
“We once played baseball unsupervised/climbed trees, squatted in culverts between rains—played war/using sticks as guns, jumped out of swings.”
But then, the poem does a 360 and might remind one of the Jim Carroll song, “People Who Died:”
“A college friend of my oldest daughter fell from a cliff one afternoon—free climbing/A college friend of mine was killed in Nam when his jeep rolled over on a bomb/Another slammed head on into a truck while driving home to see if his high school friend was pregnant.”
It is so gut-wrenching when you get to the part. It’s both a reminder of innocence lost and life’s tragic moments that we all must experience.
And as much as I love Ginsberg and “Howl”, I had to chuckle when I read, “Moloch”:
“Vonnegut, who despised City Lights and the beat writers, claimed everyone knew the best minds majored in engineering not English.”
I also liked his “everyman” approach and commentary. That’s what makes this collection so approachable for readers who might not read a lot of poetry.
On the other hand, for the literary connoisseurs among us, I really enjoyed his references to many of my favorite literary works, especially T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock” (one of my favorite 20th Century poems hands down; in fact, the book’s title echoes another one of Eliot’s works, “The Burial of the Dead”) as well as William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow,” John Fowles’s The Collector, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House Five.
This is an evocative and powerful collection of poetry and another gem from Big Table Publishing.
Life is hard & full of loss, but these poems affirm the importance of savoring things like coffee, smiles from pretty girls, and all of the moments that make up a life.