Up the Creek Without A Saddle

Up the Creek Without A Saddle

by Jerry Johnson

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In this celebrated book, UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A SADDLE, award-winning poet Jerry Johnson has created a universal memoir of life experiences. Animals, the natural world around us, people, first loves, loss, joy, and so much more breathes in his poetry full of treasured images. The words portray life on many levels, the images stay with you, and there is a feeling of kinship with what is described. It is a joy to read this book, and to give it as a gift to others that will be treasured forever. Sixteen of the book's 99 poems were beautifully set to music by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont's most beloved and legendary troubadours. A CD of those songs is available on the poet's website vtpoet.com.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149539857
Publisher: Jerry Johnson
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jerry Johnson lives on a farm in northern Vermont. The stimulus for much of UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A SADDLE stems from the natural beauty of this Vermont locale. His book has received applause from several noted poets and writers.

Jerry is a retired professor from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts where he was a finalist for the school's excellence in teaching award. He taught for 29 years at the middle school, high school and college levels. In addition, he has been a civil engineer, tennis pro, carpenter, artist, freelance writer and editor. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he was honored with the Eastern College Athletic Conference Award as the school's top student-athlete.

Jerry was interviewed about his book on Vermont Public Radio. To listen to the interview, go to

To learn more about UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A SADDLE and Jerry, stop by his website www.vtpoet.com.

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Up the Creek Without a Saddle 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book of rhymed and open verse. Each poem speaks to the heart and tells a story of warmth and emotion. There are so many great poems, but one of my favorites is "Snow". This poem is so appropriate for this year's winter season. It describes how so many of us feel this particularly wintery season. Whether it is a reflection of the coming of spring or the falling leaves of fall, each poem conveys thoughts and feelings that speak to the heart. The CD that accompanies the book is a beautiful compliment putting to music some of these heartfelt messages from the heart. I highly recommend this book of verse, a gift to yourself or to anyone you hold dear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerrys' words will take you to memories that you have put too far back in your mind and make you take another look at what really is important in your world. His love of animals and nature in general comes through the words to wake memories and make you think the words over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The elemental beauty of Jerry's poetry blends so well with the strains of Gailmor's and Sutherland's melodies. Bring the CD along with you on a drive through the countryside. You will be well-rewarded, and you will find yourself smiling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Up the Creek Without a Saddle, the Bareback Poetry of Jerry Johnson is a treasured gem that takes one on a delightful journey to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  The reader experiences the untouched beauty of this magnificent countryside through Jerry's creative writings.  The poems are thoughtfully arranged in four distinct chapters:  Gifts from Animals; Natural Things; the Human Element; and Time and Place.  A CD is also included featuring some of Jerry's selected poems set to music by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland.   Each poem, whether joyful, whimsical, somber or nostalgic is unique, cleverly written, introspective and simply stated.  The contents of the poems feature endearing relationships the poet has enjoyed with friends, and creatures of the Kingdom. Vibrant tales abound of Jerry's magnificent horses and beloved Goldens.  There are also splendid stories about the Kingdom's deer, brook trout, blue herons, Pete the Moose, Ralph the Rooster, Henrietta the Hen and barnyard cats.  A whimsical addition to the Gifts from Animals chapter includes fabled creatures in Noah's Song. Jerry also brings Mother Nature to life throughout his poetry collection.  The vivid splendor of the Northeast Kingdom is revealed through the natural wonders of grand willows, a giant sugar maple and apple blossoms as they thrive through the tumultuous seasons of change. Whether you choose to read each poem in succession, randomly, or in conjunction with listening to the selections brilliantly set to music by Pete Sutherland and Jon Gailmor, you will come away feeling refreshed, uplifted and grateful for the opportunity to experience the charmed life that exists in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom - a poet's haven and the mystical place the very talented Jerry Johnson calls home. I highly recommend Jerry's newly released collection of poems for poetry lovers and newcomers alike.  They are sure to capture the imagination and linger in memory.  Don't be surprised if your copy becomes worn as treasured favorites beg to be revisited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In his book Up the Creek Without a Saddle, Jerry Johnson has compiled a wonderful anthology of poems. Jerry writes his poetry with enthusiasm and love for everything around us. Jerry opens the eyes of all readers and shows his affection for all nature on our wonderful planet. A must buy for all poetry lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is an author in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont…His name is Jerry Johnson and his breadth of experience, he has a lot…This poet has written a wonderful book of poetry called Up the Creek Without a Saddle…Through mountains and woods, farmland and tennis courts, love and the human condition, his poetic pen does paddle…His love of animals, horses, barn cats, and dogs most golden…Wild beasts, birds of flight, his descriptions their worlds he does embolden…A favorite passage of mine is about a friendship the author develops with a man in prison…To their bond though they have never met in person Jerry gives great vision…One a poet, one a painter, one is liberated and free, the other is confined and shackled, yet both create beauty in their art…And from these creations rebirth and hope are given a platform to start…Around the poet’s home and barn in the Northeast Kingdom, fields and trees, country paths and hidden wonders, friends and family, there is so much to discover…I think to his words you will want to keep coming back for around their resonance you will certainly want to hover…Of time and place and the seasons of the year… Jerry into these ideas likes to meander and steer…From the snow of winter to the hot summertime sun, In Jerry’s Vermont there is so much to explore…Yes, a read through his beautiful verse and I think your heart will definitely soar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Up the Creek Without A Saddle" is a wonderful book that is almost a poetry memoir. The people, the dogs, horses, loves, and so much more are covered in poetry full of treasured images. This work transcends Vermont and is applicable to all who love country life. It would make a lovely gift and everyone who reads it talks about how the poetry resonates with them. The images stay with you, the words describe life on many levels and there is a feeling of kinship with what is described.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Jerry Johnson hails from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, his poetry speaks to an audience which is not regional, not bound by arbitrary lines on a map . . . his poetry speaks to the hearts and souls of people everywhere because it speaks of the human condition, life's experiences, to the young and old and in-between, to men and women. There is something for everyone in his poetry, whether the subject is the seasons, relationships, life's journey, nature's promise or simply a reference to the gift of creativity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetry from the heart! I read this book in one sitting, and I can't wait to hear or read the poems again. Each one is a glimpse of a better time, a better place, a place in the heart that we can all go to. And see the world around us as fresh as after a storm when the rainbow shows up. My favorites: A Girl with a Curl and Tennis Player's Answering Machine ( written ); Nature's Beatitudes ( on CD ) will sing you through the days.