Read Free Range Kids online
Winner 2017 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize
Free Range Kids
Young readers will be introduced to childhood without video games or cell phones, while seniors – especially those from small towns – will revel in memories of chores and the many ways children entertained themselves. The collection is as tasty as the potatoes retrieved from a charcoal fire after sledding in the snow – Wilda Morris, Editor, Wilda Morris Poetry Challenge
Read Homefront online
Peggy Trojan was there on the Home Front, an eight to twelve year old girl from northwest Wisconsin as “the world was burning” (“Winter Hill 1943”) thousands of miles away. We see through her eyes as she witnesses “the heroes at home” (“Home Front”), the rationing and the tragedy of neighbors switching the Blue Star for the Gold Star in the window. These are poems of great tenderness and simplicity, powerfully remembered… “the girls played house and the boys played war” (“Playtime”).
—Bruce Dethlefsen Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012) author of Small Talk, Little Eagle Press
Peggy Trojan’s poetry is straightforward and focused, yet lyrical and poignant. Through clean images and sharp details, she takes us to a time when war was a daily reality. This book is both a poetic and historical treasure.
—Jan Chronister Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College author of Target Practice, Parallel Press
What a pleasure this collection is! Clear-eyed and perceptive, these narrative poems in Homefront by Peggy Trojan tell the story of a child in small Midwestern town during World WWII: the music, the girls playing jacks, the buttons on underwear, the ration books, the small town general store, and “for the first time/ questioning if man was kind.” It’s a chronicle of the war effort, and readers will be delighted with the sharp images of growing up, the privations and pleasures, the interesting portraits of people, and the news dispatches of the war and Holocaust seen through the eyes of a child. Every poem is necessary to this collection, and each captures a time and a place, returning to us the stories and strengths of our parents and grandparents. She paints with words, and her language is both plain-spoken and beautiful and full of pathos. These poems are lit with love.
—Sheila Packa Duluth Poet Laureate 2010-2012 author of Night Train Red Dust, Cloud Birds, and Echo & Lightning