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RD. Armstrong (Raindog). On/Off The Beaten Path: The Road Poems. Lummox Press (PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733-5301)  ISBN: 978-1-929878-99-4. Pages: 114. Publishing Date: June 2008. Genre: Poetry, Trade Paper.  Price: $ 15.99
 

Subject: Three long poems about road trips taken in 1999, 2000 and 2001 to meet poets and see the world. The last trip was interrupted by 9-11 and contains musings on what might happen to us as a result (turns out to be mostly true). Excellent introduction by Todd Moore (excerpt to follow).
Where to Purchase: for a signed copy, order from www.lummoxpress.com - $19 (PPD) or at www.createspace.com/3343893 or through Amazon.com
 

 

Excerpt:
"Taken as a trilogy JOURNEY, ON/OFF, and ROADKILL form a kind of late twentieth century early twenty first century attempt to recover, recapture, or reinvent a part of America. Also, taken together these three books become a long poem about the rediscovery of America. And, the rediscovery of the self. Beginning with JOURNEY, there is that starting out, that overwhelming desire to get the hell outta Dodge, to BE somewhere else as long as it isn't home. And, as is the case with any "journey out" poem you begin with where you are and you talk about what you see as you leave. The old world is best seen in your rear view mirror. That's the past. In all likelihood, in a week or two you will have to return to that place you are leaving behind. But for the moment, you are existentially and totally free. You have nothing to look forward to except the surprise of where the road will lead and the feeling that you are open to the world."

–Todd Moore



"On/Off the Beaten Path is an engaging work. You read as Armstrong sometimes struggles with his language against the landscape; but when both merge at times into that magic whole, it is powerful…"

– John Macker

 

 

 


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