Running with Trains by Michael J. Rosen

Running with Trains

Michael J. Rosen


Running with Trains by Michael J. Rosen

Is the grass greener on the other side of the train window? Even a brief brush with a stranger can change our lives. It's 1970, and Perry feels adrift in turbulent times: his father is missing in action in Vietnam, his mother is studying to become a nurse in the city, his older sister has become a peacenik in college. Traveling between his hometown, where he lives with his grandmother, and his mother's house in Cincinnati, Perry notices Steve, whose farm lies on the B&O railroad line. Steve likes to race the train as it blows by his fields; Steve skillfully sends his collie after an escaped cow; Steve watches the Cincinnatian, longing for its speed, longing for adventure. In alternating voices, Michael J. Rosen's poems weave a tale of two boys-one wishing for the stability of home, the other yearning to travel-and the unexpected impact of their fleeting encounter.

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Boyds Mills Press WordSong

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7th October 2014




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