Up the Creek Without a Saddle

by Jerry Johnson, Creek Road Poet

The publication of Up the Creek Without a Saddle marked the fulfillment of a dream for Jerry. He worked on this book for 8 years. The book contains 99 poems and Jerry’s excellent artwork on 172 pages. In addition, the book includes a FREE CD of 16 poems from Up the Creek Without a Saddle which are transformed into beautiful contemporary folk music, sung and played by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont’s legendary and most beloved master musicians. The book is divided into four chapters: Gifts from Animals, Natural Things, The Human Element, Time and Place. Order This Book as a Paperback, eBook or iBook


“What comes shining through from Jerry Johnson’s touching new collection of poems, Up the Creek Without a Saddle, is his great love of northern Vermont’s weather, seasons, animals, trees and wildflowers, farms and villages, mountains and rivers, and, most of all, independent spirit. Up the Creek Without a Saddle is a lovely hymn to a beautiful place and a rural way of life that may well soon exist only in Mr. Johnson’s heartfelt poetry.”
— Howard Frank Mosher, author of On Kingdom Mountain and Walking to Gatlinburg
“Jerry Johnson's voice from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is authentic and revealing of life led fully in the embrace of his land in all seasons, his beloved animal companions, his first-person knowing of the weather and what it means to live a life found nowhere else. I hope this poetry finds its way to the young who will surely be inspired, to the older ones among us whom he celebrates so warmly.”
— Peggy Sapphire, author of In the End a Circle and A Possible Explanation
“Who needs therapy lights and energy drinks when you can read Up the Creek Without a Saddle? Jerry's bareback collection is a good ride — a kind-hearted and optimistic antidote to so much dark elegy being written today. One by one, the poems lift the spirit. As a whole, it's an album to savor all year round. Not only is Jerry Johnson a fine North Country balladeer, he just might qualify as Poet Laureate of what equestrians call Horse Nation.”
— John Fusco, screenwriter-novelist, Hidalgo, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
“Jerry Johnson turned tunesmiths Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland loose on sixteen of his best Vermont poems: the result is a joyful blend of meditations and hoopla, with guitars, piano, banjo, fiddle, and melodies as original as the poems they celebrate.”
— Geof Hewitt, author of The Perfect Heart: Selected & New Poems
“These poems employ a host of techniques to bring us into a wonderful world: rhymes, rhythms, half-rhymes, unexpected images, familiar and unexpected turnings. Like the best lyrical poetry of all ages, the poems locate our hearts in a particular place. In this case, it’s rural Vermont with all its beauty, hard-work, joys and sorrows. Set to the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, the poems in Up the Creek Without a Saddle are at once fresh, inviting, heart-felt and familiar. They resonate with real life.”
— Ray Hudson, author of Moments Rightly Placed: An Aleutian Memoir
“Jerry’s poems resonate with a crystalline clarity and conviction, a true paean to rural Vermont.”
— Lynda Graham-Barber, author of KokoCat – Inside and Out