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Saturday Night Sage is the first full-length collection of poetry by writer, Noah C. Lekas. Hailed as a "punk séance for the beat spirit," the 42-poem collection examines mysticism and menial labor in modern America. The first literary release from San Diego record label, Blind Owl, Saturday Night Sage spans coast and country from post-industrial Wisconsin to the psychedel Saturday Night Sage is the first full-length collection of poetry by writer, Noah C. Lekas. Hailed as a "punk séance for the beat spirit," the 42-poem collection examines mysticism and menial labor in modern America. The first literary release from San Diego record label, Blind Owl, Saturday Night Sage spans coast and country from post-industrial Wisconsin to the psychedelic rhythm of San Francisco and the poetic streets of New York City. Drawing inspiration from Jack Kerouac, Patti Smith, Bob Kaufman and Nick Cave, Lekas navigates whiskey-soaked revelation, contrarious theology and dwindling folklore with equal parts reverence and restlessness. In a time when spirituality is often confrontational and nuance is trivialized, Saturday Night Sage gives voice to an often over-looked and undervalued experience, defining the poetic voice of blue-collar mysticism. The limited-edition paperback features original cover art by Rock 'n' Roll artist Alan Forbes.


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Saturday Night Sage is the first full-length collection of poetry by writer, Noah C. Lekas. Hailed as a "punk séance for the beat spirit," the 42-poem collection examines mysticism and menial labor in modern America. The first literary release from San Diego record label, Blind Owl, Saturday Night Sage spans coast and country from post-industrial Wisconsin to the psychedel Saturday Night Sage is the first full-length collection of poetry by writer, Noah C. Lekas. Hailed as a "punk séance for the beat spirit," the 42-poem collection examines mysticism and menial labor in modern America. The first literary release from San Diego record label, Blind Owl, Saturday Night Sage spans coast and country from post-industrial Wisconsin to the psychedelic rhythm of San Francisco and the poetic streets of New York City. Drawing inspiration from Jack Kerouac, Patti Smith, Bob Kaufman and Nick Cave, Lekas navigates whiskey-soaked revelation, contrarious theology and dwindling folklore with equal parts reverence and restlessness. In a time when spirituality is often confrontational and nuance is trivialized, Saturday Night Sage gives voice to an often over-looked and undervalued experience, defining the poetic voice of blue-collar mysticism. The limited-edition paperback features original cover art by Rock 'n' Roll artist Alan Forbes.

19 review for Saturday Night Sage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diamond

    A collection of poems examining mysticism, the working class, and the American Dream. I've recently decided to get back into poetry, with a particular focus on reading more from current poets, and Saturday Night Sage is just about the perfect example of the poetry I love. I ordered a physical copy before I even finished the digital manuscript because I knew it was one I'd want to return to, fill with notes, highlights, and creases, until it turned into a much worn, but much loved resident of my s A collection of poems examining mysticism, the working class, and the American Dream. I've recently decided to get back into poetry, with a particular focus on reading more from current poets, and Saturday Night Sage is just about the perfect example of the poetry I love. I ordered a physical copy before I even finished the digital manuscript because I knew it was one I'd want to return to, fill with notes, highlights, and creases, until it turned into a much worn, but much loved resident of my shelves. The rhythm is often musical, and the imagery as beautiful as it is gritty. Most importantly, it evoked so many feelings--from my own blue collar upbringing and adulthood, to my love of the beat poets. It made me want to listen to Tom Waits and Patti Smith while reading Howl. It got me thinking about all the times as a child I would stay up way to late to listen to loggers get drunk and swap tall tales and dirty jokes. It made me want to send screenshots of various poems to old friends to take us back to when we would stay up all night drinking cheap wine and talk about art and dreams. And what more can you ask from poetry, but to make you feel so strongly and specifically? So many people love to romanticize the working class, while making it painfully obvious they don't understand it all. Lekas has that understanding, and has created a folk hero of sorts that's as much salt of the earth as he is stardust. I wholeheartedly recommend Saturday Night Sage to both poetry lovers, and those who have felt intimidated by poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cassondra Windwalker

    His words rollicked into my ear, voice of a Midwestern poet with the sensibilities of a weary worn-out western rocker and the allusions of a deposed philosopher-king. Lyricism is a lost art in much of modern poetry, but the poems of Saturday Night Sage demand to be sung, dripping from a drunken tongue or muttered under a moldy blanket in a cold alley. Noah Lekas’ poems are far-ranging, luring the reader to follow a meandering path that carries him from the despair of an old lush nearly lost in t His words rollicked into my ear, voice of a Midwestern poet with the sensibilities of a weary worn-out western rocker and the allusions of a deposed philosopher-king. Lyricism is a lost art in much of modern poetry, but the poems of Saturday Night Sage demand to be sung, dripping from a drunken tongue or muttered under a moldy blanket in a cold alley. Noah Lekas’ poems are far-ranging, luring the reader to follow a meandering path that carries him from the despair of an old lush nearly lost in the wood-chipper to the penny-pinching of the time-card puncher to the promises of a thousand gods. Don’t be deceived by the easy rhythm: you’ll find your toe tapping in a dance sure to whirl you into your own hopelessness even as you sing along. Although the reader’s tongue comes away gritty with smog and rust, Lekas draws from the specificity of an industrial orphan the universal longings and questions of the lost, wherever they wander. I read this book alone on an Alaskan beach and felt every syllable drop into my open palms. I shoved them into my pockets and carry them there still.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Baldock

    What I like about a collection of poems like this is that it's really no bullshit. It's not reaching for something that's been before, while not neglecting or rejecting them either. It's just honest, seeking to evoke a feeling/sensation that real middle-class working people truly experience. It doesn't stand above you, it stands with you. What I like about a collection of poems like this is that it's really no bullshit. It's not reaching for something that's been before, while not neglecting or rejecting them either. It's just honest, seeking to evoke a feeling/sensation that real middle-class working people truly experience. It doesn't stand above you, it stands with you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ralf Jean-Pierre

    Noah's voice has grit, it feels lived in, it has chalk and saw dust on it, and secondhand smoke. It's also playful, and musical, and hopeful, and innocent. And it's trippy and dreamy and I feel like it's always approaching God in surreal and wistful ways. I love. Noah's voice has grit, it feels lived in, it has chalk and saw dust on it, and secondhand smoke. It's also playful, and musical, and hopeful, and innocent. And it's trippy and dreamy and I feel like it's always approaching God in surreal and wistful ways. I love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Coy Koehler

    It's alive. It's a resurrection of soul. Finally, there is a poet who can share a drink with a spirit's calling. The dead do talk in tongues, yet the living write. Lekas visited the otherside, only to come back to tell of its haunts. Dig it, read it... and "let it kill you." It's alive. It's a resurrection of soul. Finally, there is a poet who can share a drink with a spirit's calling. The dead do talk in tongues, yet the living write. Lekas visited the otherside, only to come back to tell of its haunts. Dig it, read it... and "let it kill you."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Knisley

    Ginsburg meets Grinderman. An interesting romp through DIY spirituality a la Larry from 'The Razor's Edge.' Ginsburg meets Grinderman. An interesting romp through DIY spirituality a la Larry from 'The Razor's Edge.'

  7. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Evangelista

  10. 4 out of 5

    huffy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Miller

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Evangelista

  13. 4 out of 5

    Omar Veytia

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Stellman

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam Kimball

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabino Iglesias

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Buntin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

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