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Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon

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Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon, An autobiographical gem that marks compassion and defiance as the touchstones of herioc myth in the coming-of-age of a young man in the western Kentucky coal fields.

Excerpts (includes sound files)

The Coal Miner

About Ron Whitehead

Ron's bio
Interview with Ron

Media coverage and reviews

Printing up Success Earlham Word, May 1st, 1998
Beat News May 5th, 1998
Review by Paul McDonald Edited version appeared the Louisville Eccentric Observer, May 27th, 1998
Unlocking Elvis, by John Rocco of the American Book Review, Spring 1999

Companion CD | Marathon Tour

"I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics."
   --Hunter S. Thompson

"Ron Whitehead, the only begettor of all this, is here for good!"
   --Seamus Heaney, Ireland

"Ron Whitehead's dazzling energetic work, his poetry and his prose never cease to impress and astonish!"
   --Eithne Strong, Ireland

"Love, Angelic Orders, and Blessings on Ron Whitehead's good work!"
   --Jim Carroll, New York City

"Ron Whitehead's energy and important work never fail to amaze me!"
   --Robert Hunter, San Francisco

"I LOVE Ron Whitehead's "The Coal Miner" and "Moxley and Eirene!"
   --Bob Edwards, Washington, DC

"Ron Whitehead's Moxley and Eirene worked its way into one of my just-before-waking dreams last night. The whole story."
   --Robert Lax, Greece

"William S. Burroughs and Ron Whitehead, in a series of dreams, taught me how to save the world."
   --Rene Hendrix, Netherlands

"At the dawn of the 21st Century our young people have few role models of distinction and even fewer people close to their own age to look up to. Ron Whitehead gives hope to our artistic and intellectual future and gives our young people someone to look up to and emulate. His own brilliance as a poet is matched by his dynamism, integrity and ability to communicate with anybody and everybody."
   --David Amram, New York

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