Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Sharing the Road with Bikers

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Sharing the Road with Bikers

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   i thought i admired them,    respected what they stood for:    ultimate freedom,    to go anywhere, anytime,    to eat, drink, smoke, write, read, ride,    love anything     as a kid i thought    it would be cool to be one,    riding the highway,    long hair and beard whipping the wind,    no worries    no past    no destination     when fate brought them to my acquaintance,    i learned they are not all heroes.     some seem to think it makes them MEN    to wear t-shirts that read,     "in Wyoming we have a cure for AIDS ...    we shoot fags."     some seem to think it makes them MEN    to wear t-shirts picturing Ku Klux Klan    in sheets & masks, declaring them    "the original BOYZ N THE HOOD" and    proclaiming "WHITE POWER!"     some seem to think    giving gifts to underprivileged children    once a year    redeems them from being    more fat hairy pimples    on the butt of humanity. 

Michael Hathaway has published several books of poetry, Shadows of Myself (Dorrance, 1979), inconspicuous (Kindred Spirit Press, 1988), excerpt (Mutant Virus Press, 1989), Come Winter & Other Poems (Plowman Press, 1989), God Poems (Mulberry Press, 1991), stumbling into light (Chiron Review Press, 1993, 1994), and Ratboy, Etc. …

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