Publication Date: December 15, 2020 – Pre Order Today
In Roadworthy, poet Dave Mehler offers readers a unique opportunity to view the world through the lens of a “hauling witness”—a long-haul truck driver in the US and regional truck driver in Colorado/Wyoming and the Pacific Northwest. Based on the poet’s life and work on the open road, the poems relate experiences in narrative and lyric form, ranging from ecstatic treatments in dense lyrical lines to prose poems, and even a couple that might be considered flash fiction. Some poems have oneiric, surreal qualities; some recount actual dreams; others are cast in the form of dialogues within narratives. A series of conversations “transcribed” from CB talk between drivers is included.
Beneath the lyrical surface of the truck-driving subject matter, spiritual and metaphysical questions are posed: Does mundane work matter and can it be meaningful? Is beauty or practicality inherently more valuable? Is thoroughness better than expediency? Does personal evil exist, and if so, how should we respond?
So hop in the cab with poet Dave Mehler and join him on his wonderfully unique poetical experience in Roadworthy. Share a cup of coffee with him on a cold, snowy wintry night at a truck stop off I-80 in Wyoming. At the end of the long haul, you will be glad you raised your shaky thumb up on the side of the road and hitchhiked—it will be a ride you will never forget.