Off Main Street
Barnstormers, Prophets, and Gatemouth's Gator: Essays
By Michael Perry
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060755508, 284pp.)
Publication Date: April 2005
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Whether he's fighting fires, passing a kidney stone, hammering down I-80 in an 18-wheeler, or meditating on the relationship between cowboys and God, Michael Perry draws on his rural roots and footloose past to write from a perspective that merges the local with the global.
Ranging across subjects as diverse as lot lizards, Klan wizards, and small-town funerals, Perry's writing in this wise and witty collection of essays balances earthiness with poetry, kinetics with contemplation, and is regularly salted with his unique brand of humor.