Running With Trains: a novel in poetry and two voices
Michael J. Rosen
from Boyds Mills Press...
Is the grass greener on the other side of the train window? Even a brief brush with a stranger can change our lives. Itís 1970, and Perry feels adrift in turbulent times: his father is missing in action in Vietnam, his mother is studying to become a nurse in the city, his older sister has become a peacenik in college. Travelling between his hometown, where he lives with his grandmother, and his motherís house in Cincinnati, Perry notices Steve, whose farm lies on the B&O railroad line. Steve likes to race the train as it blows by his fields; Steve skilfully sends his collie after an escaped cow; Steve watches the Cincinnatian, longing for its speed, longing for adventure. In alternating voices, Michael J. Rosenís poems weave a tale of two boysóone wishing for the stability of home, the other yearning to travelóand the unexpected impact of their fleeting encounter.
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