This is poetry for people who don't like poetry. Poetry for people who think Johnny Cash is a deity in his own right, for people who drive big trucks and shoot loud ...
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Red Dirt Boy

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This is poetry for people who don't like poetry. Poetry for people who think Johnny Cash is a deity in his own right, for people who drive big trucks and shoot loud guns. This is poetry for people who live life out loud, who drink, fight, cuss and party. This is what happens when an overeducated redneck finds himself with too much free time and a half case of PBR.

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The Deflowering of the Baptist Deacon’s Daughter

We sang Van Morrison in the key of Budweiser
and danced barefoot in the moonlight,
kissed like it was breakfast with our toes in the creek
while I wrapped you in my faded blue jean jacket.
We woke up in the grass wearing dewdrops and smiles,
staggered drunk on each other
back to that rustbucket Chevy with the cracked vinyl seats.
You jumped out giggling at the mailbox
so Daddy wouldn’t see me in the daylight
and I burned rubber back to the main road
dodging birdshot, big brothers and the highway patrol.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012298713
  • Publisher: John Hartness
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles, a snarky vampire series, and The Chosen, a snarky whiskey-soaked religious novel about saving the world and drinking a lot. He's won awards for poetry and lighting design, of all things, and was a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee.
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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Honest, non-convoluted poetry

    It is poetry for people that don't like poetry, huh. Color me surprised, though really I shouldn't be after reading Hartness' other works. There was one or two poems that I didn't enjoy all that much, but the rest were really great. A lot of them got my eyes pretty moist because of the truth and just the brutally honest commentary. It's really quite beautiful. What makes them even more so is the fact that they aren't written in perfect poetic form, it's just free style. Hartness doesn't try to make the most obscure analogy to describe something simple, he just comes out and says what he wants. I appreciate that. For a couple bucks this collection is definitely worth it. It'd be worth it even if the price was a lot higher

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