Poetry comes in many forms, each word stemming from
the heart that moves the pen. Joel L. Young's American Lyricon
is a work that truly has been drawn from the recesses of his inner
being. His love, respect and understanding for America are felt with
every dip of his pen and transferred onto the hearts of those who read
Written from deposits that have been placed within
his spirit by people, events and places he has encountered in his life,
his words sting the conscience of our souls and demand our minds to
remember, to cry, to laugh and to hope. He makes us see America at her
best, America in her struggles, and feel the sorrows and joys of our
fellow Countrymen, all bringing to fruition what America was yesterday,
what America is today, and what America will be tomorrow. American
Lyricon speaks forth the heart of America.
Whispers of the past, thoughts for the present and
prayers for the future are the feelings etched in my heart after
reading this work.
One phrase from Canadian Skyline will remain with
me forever: "Whose mist is the breath of God!" Outstanding!
~ Shirley Johnson/Midwest Book
American Lyricon has something for everyone and
touches on a wide variety of topics and feelings. It will draw out an
appreciation for poetry in even the most unpoetic reader. At times
romantic, historical, and patriotic, other times playful, folksy and
whimsical, Joel Young's writings are thought-provoking, soul-searching,
American Lyricon is a wonderful book for every
household, on every coffee table for all to enjoy.
~ Phyllis M. Payne
“American Lyricon spoke to my heart about America”
I have found that every book I have read has, in
some way, changed my outlook on life. Some changes are small, like when
Pat the Bunny made me realize my hidden affection for fuzzy things in
pre-school. Other books have changed me in larger ways, like when I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings showed me the value of the human soul.
American Lyricon by Joel Young has proven itself to belong to the
latter category of life-changing novels.