No one has lived a life like Roxie Powell--and if you don’t believe it, all you need to do is read his memoir: Tumbleweed of Contradictions.
Born in Kansas toward the end of the Dust Bowl period on the high plains, he was raised in western Kansas and the high mountains of Colorado. His father taught him to look out to the horizon and then beyond, and he did just that, working on a cruise ship that took him all over the world.
While he’s had different loves throughout his life, the constant one has been writing, and he recalls his interactions with literary giants such as Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other leading figures of the counterculture movement.
“He was a rodeo cowboy in the West. He drove race cars everywhere, including Grand Prix tracks in Europe. Neal Cassady admired Powell’s racing skills. Powell
penned one of Allen Ginsberg’s favorite books of poetry--a collection of verse totally unlike anything that came before it or since. And more and more. This is a book well-wrought for sure!”
--W. K. Stratton, author of Chasing the Rodeo and
Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country and co-author of
Splendor in the Short Grass: The Grover Lewis Reader