Nostalgic poetry from a Michigan childhood
“Reading Helmboldt’s poems is like browsing through a treasured scrapbook of my Michigan hometown. Anybody who grew up in small town Michigan during the 1950s and 60s—especially if you grew up in Marion or the dairy-farming countryside of Michigan—should experience this book.”
—Terry Wooten, author of the 2016 Michigan Notable Book, The Stone Circle Poems, and three-decade host of the Stone Circle poetry entertainment venue north of Elk Rapids, Michigan
“Bicycle Cowboy gave me the unlikely pleasure of once again walking through the town I used to live in—as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of the poet’s reflective nature.”
—J. August Lithen, author of The Road to Marion Town
“I always looked forward to seeing Ron Helmboldt’s outdoors essays and poetry in The Marion Millennium a couple decades ago. I was impressed with his gift for the finding that just right, everyday detail that makes small town life alive again for me. How I remember it, and how I want to remember it. Now, in Bicycle Cowboy, Ron’s Hometown, USA descriptions impress me even more.
—James Ralston, author of The Choice of Emptiness and The Poet’s Car
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After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1969, Ron Helmboldt taught high school and coached in Sparta, Michigan. His wife, Cathy, sons, Andy and Joe, students and athletes all endured stories of life “back in the day” in rural Marion, where his father and grandfather were the local barbers.