John D. Nesbitt – Trails And Crossings, Wyoming’s awarded poet and author John D. Nesbitt has come out with a collection of works that covers a lot of literary territory in visions of the here & now along with plenty of ‘then.”
More than one of these poems might qualify as mini-novels. Several are sagas such as “Jack O’Malley,” “Rustlers’ Doom” and “Dark Sparrow Winter.” Some are pretty much set to become songs with refrains like “Don’t Be A Stranger,” “Lonesome Jim” and “Rangeland Lament” (which was put to music and recorded a while back by Carol Markstrom). Notably Nesbitt’s Spur Award-winning epic poem “Prairie Center” is rendered here as well.
Nesbitt’s delivery style is presentational rather than acted. If that aspect isn’t a hindrance for you, there ya go. It’s a worthy audio record for history inasmuch as the printed versions of most of these poems are found in his book “Thorns On The Rose.” It’s a title (and poem) showing Nesbitt’s own assessment of the works as being “bittersweet.” Twenty-one tracks, recommended.
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– by Rick Huff