The northern Great Plains have given this poet a first canvas for his imaginative art as found in his first published poetry collection. In recent years he has began to struggle with the difficult topics of his home region, primarily the difficulty of life out on the northern Great Plains in what he has termed the "patches." In these poems are references to the sugar beet patch, the dry land farming patch, the irrigated farm land patch, the ranching patch, the strip mining patch, and the oil patch. The agrarian culture of his home region is a place of core values and spiritual strengths which encourage him to live simply inspite of the new "badlands" left in the wake of the cultural genocide and environmental degradation of the empire builders of the European ascendancy over North America. Here are poems spoken by personae which can be said to each be the masks of the poet Rick Hilber who in creating his poems would have us, poet and reader or listener, step into the shoes of another. This is a poet that trusts that his individual experience is also a disclosure of the demands on each of us in accepting life on whatever terms it is offered us.
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About the Author
This author of the babyboomer generation lives, works, and writes in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has resided since 2001. His work life has been a rich variety of experiences, from carpenter's helper, to taxicab driver, to school teacher, to bank teller, to guardian ad litem for child protection, to attorney, to bus driver. He continues his adult lifetime pursuit of his art as a poet as he enters into his retirement years. The legacy he most desires for his children and grandchildren is premised on his love of his native state of North Dakota. The life a parent gives us is the first gift of life, while the life one gives oneself is the second gift of life. He hopes that you will find in his collection of poems, Down the Road, a Peace, such a marker of a life given into being.