5 Star Sunday Book Review: “bringing memories back in the most ‘Springsteenish’ of ways”

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This review of my book ‘Gas Station Road Map’ is my all-time favorite. Not sure, rather am completely certain, that Springsteen and I should never appear in the same vicinity…..

“Gas Station Road Map once again provides Steven Harz the opportunity to show us the tough road of Love always keeping in mind the hope for what we all desire. Love is present throughout – especially in Hundreds of Words, Stick Figure You, Tie Dyed Tomorrow, Charting a Path, Stitched Together Heart and Yo Yo Love among others but Religious thoughts are present intertwining hints of Love and images of the powerful force and hope of something larger in Paperweight, Wait, Anno Domini and Seated at the Right Hand. The philosophical journey of Heraclitis makes me recall the teachings of that River never quite being the same or is it? But also the paths we often take right or left, up or down are all the same – aren’t they? Heraclitis was very cool. Gunpowder Ghosts tries to explain the inexplicable but righteously fails to do so which is only appropriate. Gas Station Road Map had me thinking about Penny Candy, Catskill Game Farm, 8 Track Players, Fondue Pots and Bob Seger…..I want to keep reading that one over and over hoping that I might be brought back to those travels in that 1977 Buick LeSabre traveling all over the East Coast and Canada – when I started to write my own history. Thanks for bringing the memories roaring back Mr. Harz in the most ‘Springsteenish’ of ways – we all need you to appreciate where we’ve been, what we are doing, where we want to go and how to love the one we want to love.”

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. In his writing, Steven captures the exhilaration, pain, and frustration of love, all the while making you strive to find the perfect balance. His work will pierce your heart with memories of love gone bad or an undying commitment to not let that happen to you - pain, truth, and appreciation pour out of his words. Steven's works have appeared in Inwood Indiana Press' Tracks, Voices 2, Donut Factory, Words+Pictures, Ink Monkey Magazine, The Germ, The Voices Project, Pocket Thoughts, and Indigo Rising UK.

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