Backroad Poetry: July newsletter and poem of the month

backroad poetry logo2Greetings from Backroad Poetry,

Included in this month’s newsletter is the Poem of the Month, spoken word poetry by Eric Darby, a quick micro poem, and a recent review of our recent release, “Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes.”

Poem of the Month:

Had I met you first, or yesterday

 

I would have believed in love at first sight

had I met you first, or yesterday.

I knew you before we met this time

and you’ve made me believe in reincarnation.

 

Long ago we planted a tree, and when it grew last year

it already had our names carved into its bark.

I know I have loved you before, a few times,

while the rest of the country fought the revolution,

or learned to program a VCR,

and I now spend my days battling your ghosts of the past,

keeping them where they’ve been hiding

and not here and now.

 

But I’m the one who now needs an exorcism,

because time heals all wounds but mine,

and although internal and invisible to the rest of the world,

they are centuries deep, if not more.

 

And to combat this I love you like it’s today,

but I’ll love you another way tomorrow,

because to me this is therapy.

And as we come to the end of this time around

I am confident I will love you again.

 

I will find you again, somehow.

 

“Had I met you first, or yesterday” originally appeared in ‘The Ravens Perch’
Spoken Word:
If you are a fan of spoken word poetry this one by Eric Darby is a classic – his words and delivery are amazing! (and one of the most beautifully motivational things you’ll ever hear)
Please enjoy “Scratch and Dent Dreams”

Monthly Micro Poem:
Please enjoy “Matches”

Book Review:
This is a recent review of the Backroad Poetry title, “County Songs and Backroad Love Notes” by Steven Harz.

“This collection of poetry is a must read. The pieces make you feel warm, fuzzy and loved; the perfect read after a long day. The poetry brings to mind how good it feels to love and be loved.

Some believe romantic poetry only appeals to women. Not the case with Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes. Many of the pieces are written about old cars, young love, coming of age and love gained and lost, which male readers will definitely identify with.”

Poetically yours,
Backroad Poetry

#backroadpoetry

@backroadpoetry

backroadpoetry@gmail.com

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. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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