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On amazon.com, in reference to THE HOLY RANGER: HARLEY-DAVIDSON POEMS by Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum, a reader from Florida wrote a Customer Review that gave the book's Ranger Evopoetic Poetry a Five-Star rating, which is the highest. Here is that unsolicited Review:

"Martin Jack Rosenblum in this collection conveys the thrill of owning and riding the pride of America - the Harley-Davidson. The reader also gets a glimpse of a childhood and a life in America's heartland, and frequently draws parallels between the modern biker and the horsemen of the old west. In the past, Harley lovers have fallen back on the old saw, "If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand" as a way to avoid putting words to something embraced so passionately".
Now they can say "Read Rosenblum; he explains ... and you will understand!"

Last updated December 11,2005.

The Name Is Harley

standing there with the look
on invention in front of that
original shack new ideas took
hold which built a reputation
all the way into the American ideas

that govern individuality & style :
William S. Harley has lent his name

to the modern horsemen whose
apocalyptic ride strengthens
open trail visions that make

this photographic action take place
this sunrise in April as I take the
keys to my Harley machine then walk

the irregular stone path to
the garage comtemplating in
poetic anticipation exactly
what will
be coming
within an
afternoon -
upon this
Iron Name
.


Two Meditations Upon an XLH 1100 Sportster

1.
the view from behind
these buckhorns down
Hiway Q with
peanut tank
in sun & this V-Twin
a pounding metaphor:
distant birds single
file along meadows &
the downshift into
second gear brings
flight nearer road
speed when my

Harley-Davidson cracks
the envelope of visionary carburation.

2.
standing on the footpegs in Wisconsin:
nearer dusk then
easing back into

saddle posture away
from plains with a twitch
in the right wrist sending
a message out from shorty duals
that arriving has occurred just by
starting this Sunday morning when a
pleasing vibration was sent through
chrome headers to assure a dominant

pioneer strength even from
an urban Milwaukee range.


Talking with Willie G. at the Harley Homecoming Ride Celebration

now here's a guy who
like to ride which is
what happens when you talk

with him
suddenly

that sense of steel-tipped
boot up on the shifter gets
into sentences through the gears
.


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