Ride That Full Tilt Boogie
Author: Linda Back McKay
"Ride That Full Tilt Boogie is, quite simply, a joy to read. Everywhere in this finely crafted, firmly grounded volume, Linda Back McKay bridges the distances between generations, between the past and present, between loss and reclamation. And she does so with grace and poignancy, infusing poem after poem with compassion, generosity and light."
– Robert Hedin
"In Linda Back McKay's newest collection of poems, Ride That Full Tilt Boogie, she writes, 'things have a life, and things / happen.' This book, in compelling, mediated images, brings home the truth of those lines, poem after powerful poem. We are inside the soul of this poet. We go with her through the fated and chosen of her life without hesitation because she is an honorable artist who hands over the hard-won lyric truths she's staked her life on."
– Deborah Keenan
"In these sometimes lyrical, sometimes surreal poems, Linda Back McKay explores both nature and the psyche with clarity and compassion. The sequence of poems on giving a child up for adoption, the home for unwed mothers and meeting her son again 20 years later is compelling and heart-rending. Good poems are about hard things, a responsibility which McKay takes on and accomplishes, from the 'yin and yang' of an eagle's eye to other deeply human poems in which 'everything smells to us frothy and ripe.'"
– John Minczeski