The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems

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Justin Daniel Belmont
Breakaway Books, 2005 - Poetry - 348 pages
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Through the years, many great poets have penned odes to the bicycle or to the experience of riding free on this elegant machine. Now Justin Belmont gathers them all in one splendid, authoritative collection. He selects not only the best of 100 years of bicycle poetry, but also dozens of new bicycle poems published here for the first time. Includes work by Stan Rice, C.K. Williams, James Laughlin, Bruce Weigl, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Rita Dove. With bicycle line drawings and photos throughout, this will make a lovely gift for all bicycle-lovers.

Justin Belmont is a former editor of Bicycling Magazine. He is a lifelong writer, poet, scholar and cyclist.

 

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Contents

On Bards and Bicycles
11
From Song of the Open Road Walt Whitman
27
No Hands Helena Nelson
41
Phoebe on a Bicycle D W Faulkner
54
Town and Country Arthur Waugh
67
Not My Knees Stazja McFadyen
82
The Bicycle James Reaney
85
The Old Road Map Arthur Waugh
91
Bike Ride with Older Boys Laura Kasischke
164
Roll On Shining Wheel C T Mitchell
170
Rider Mark Rudman
177
A Pastoral Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter
183
The Old Bike Anonymous
190
Moon in the Mirror Brenda Brooks
196
A Bicycle Glee Song Glory Anna
202
Stand at the Window and Wave
211

Toasting Song S Conant Foster
97
A Rain of Bicycles Jonathan Harrington
104
Turning Thirty I Contemplate
111
Buffalo Eugenic Montale
118
The GolDarned Wheel Anonymous
124
To the Bicycle John Gibbens
130
Bicycle Song For Women Robert Buchanan
137
Daisy Bell A Bicycle Built for Two Henry Dacre
143
Sonnet at ThreeSpeed J Lorraine Brown
149
Silver Creature Maxwell Boyle
152
The Boycycle S Conant Foster
158
Bicycle Livingston Taylor
216
Leonardos Bicycle Cal Bedient
229
A Baiku Rowena M Love
242
Maybe Alone on My Bike William Stafford
256
Wooing the Bicycle Grace Duffie Boylan
269
The Yellow Bike John Lancaster
276
A Quiet Revery Anonymous
289
The Lesson James Brown
302
Sometimes We Close Our Eyes Marco Pantani
315
Credits
331
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Justin Belmont is a former editor of Bicycling Magazine. He is a lifetime writer, poet, and cyclist.

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