Author Keith Walker Takes His Readers on Poetic Journey for the Everyman

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New Anthology Presents a Collection of Blue-Collar Ballads

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Rhymes of the Working Man is a compilation of poems and ballads written by soldiers, miners, loggers, a Supreme Court judge, some songwriters, and even a poet. These timeless works depict the live and trials faced by the everyman, as well as humorous allegories, and though in other works many of the authors of these works are listed as anonymous, author Keith Walker has gone through the effort to discover the identities of many of these unknowns, and properly attribute these works to their true creators.

Made by rough men during rough times, the language in Walker’s work is also pretty rough, but therein lies its charm. Suffused with attitude, personality and grit, these classics take readers on a trip through time, to live as these people did, in war and in peace, while partaking in their sorrows and their joys. The periods from whence these works were extracted from are varied, such as “La Cucaracha,” which dates from Spain’s Reconquista, to the hanging of “Sam Hall” in old England, and the turn of the century American ballad, “There is a Tavern in the Town.”

The spirit of the anthology is best summed by the lyrics of “Jack o’ Diamonds or Rye Whisky,” singing: “Jack o’ diamonds, jack o diamonds / I know you of old / You rob my poor pockets / Of silver and gold. / If the ocean was whiskey / And I was a duck / I’d dive to the bottom / And never come up…”

With verses and lyrics that can be sung while chugging away at a mug of beer, or simply read at home for a quiet chuckle, Rhymes of the Working Man is a perfect companion for readers seeking a fun time through rhyme and song.

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About the Author
Keith Walker was born in 1935 in East Los Angles. He has a bachelors of science in forest management, and has worked as a forester in most of the western states, Australia, Ecuador and El Salvador. He spent the last twenty-five years in Alaska working for the Tlingit Indians as a forester and logger. He served in the 9th Cavalry on the DMZ in Korea and with the Peace Corps in Ecuador. He has been married for fifty years to Conception Valensuela Newton de Walker. They have four children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Rhymes of the Working Man * by Keith Walker
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 258 pages; 978-1-4797-5092-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 258 pages; 978-1-4797-5093-1
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-5094-8

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