Because I Fly: A Collection of Aviation Poetry

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This book is the most complete, up-to-date collection of aviation poetry ever published. Its sole purpose is to consolidate all of the best in aviation poetry and inspirational verse. Helmut Reda examined over 115 books and magazines in the United States, England, Canada, France, and Australia. He also investigated over 42,500 hits on the Internet. From his exhaustive research, 170 poems were selected covering the period between 1869 and 2001.

This collection of poetry serves as an exciting introduction to the experience of flight. These poems will fascinate your family and expose them to an expanded world with new dimensions, freedoms, and even the beauty and dangers of flight. For the pilot, the poems will take your spirit aloft to rekindle your bond with other airmen. This collection will help others understand pilots and why they do things in a different way. If you are truly intrigued by flight, this book is for you!

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Dec. 2002 review from Canadian Soaring Magazine Review by Barron Hilton In the field of aviation poetry, Because I Fly consolidates the very "best of the best." To my knowledge, it is the most complete collection of aviation poetry ever published! It is an anthology containing 176 poems, written by 75 poets, covering the time frame commencing in 1869 and ending in 2001. The book is very well organized so that readers can quickly find poems that interest them. There are sections on soaring, the beauty of flight, war and the military, astronauts, classics and even a special section for children. It covers life and death, as well as the personalities of many pilots. The section related to soaring contains 16 poems, including some of the best ever published by Soaring Magazine. Col.Reda and McGraw-Hill have created a beautiful book which will interest anyone who loves aviation. More concerning this book can be found at www.geocities.com/becauseifly/ As Col. Reda has so eloquently stated, "Most pilots already know, flying is both beautiful and eloquent. The sights we see and the exhilaration we experience are unmatched by those who limit themselves to the ground! I believe pilots are a special breed of people who uniquely experience more than most people do." I concur wholeheartedly with Col. Reda' s opinion, and enjoyed Because I Fly immensely! Soaring 20021015 by Robin Olds, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret) This book is the most complete, up-to-date collection of aviation poetry ever published. Its sole purpose is to consolidate the "best of the best" in aviation poetry and inspirational verse. Helmut Reda examined over 115 books and magazines from the United States, England, Canada, France, and Australia. He also investigated over 42,500 hits on the Internet. From his exhaustive research, 170 poems were selected, covering the period between 1969 and 2001. This collection of poetry serves as an exciting introduction to the experience of flight. These poems will facinate those who know pilots, exposing them to an expanded world, with new dimensions, freedoms, and even a sense of the beauty and dangers of flight. For pilots themselves, the poems will take your spirits aloft to rekindle your bond with others who fly. The book is available online at Amazon.com;www.bookstore.mcgraw-hill.com: or www.crsmithmuseum.org; or by calling The McGraw-Hill Bookstore at 1-800-352-3566. "These thoughts and expressions will open a door for those of you who care but have not been there. For those of you who have watched a distant line of thunderstorms at night and know the splashes of light on the velvet earth below were there just for you; for the even luckier ones who have rushed up the brilliant white cliffs of a huge cumulus, arced over the top, and hurtled down through caverns of cloud, these lines will express your limitless joy in flight and will give voice to the songs of your heart." Daedalus Flyer 20020201 Poetry by Kathleen (Kathy) Rodgers, APS Colleyville member, has been included in a new book of aviation poetry, Because I Fly. "This book of inspirational verse is especially timely now," says Kathy. It is a wonderful gift for anyone who loves airplanes and the pilots who fly them. The book is available at the C R Smith Museum; or website www.crsmithmuseum.org; Amazon.com; or through the publisher, McGraw-Hill Bookstore, 800-352-3566. The book's editor, Helmut Reda, calls Kathy one of the top five aviation poets of the last century. She says, "it's not getting me rich but it's an incredible honor." Besides poetry, Kathy has also written for magazines and newspapers; as well as writing an offbeat novel about fighter pilots, which she is now trying to get published. Kathy and husband Tom have two sons. American Pilot Spouse's Newsletter 20020126 by Katherine Fly, CNJ Correspondent Kathy Doran Rodgers never dreamed of being a writer... Now she has been honored as one of the top five aviation poets of the past century. Several of her poems have been included in a new anthology of aviation poetry, "Because I Fly." It was published in the fall of last year by McGraw-Hill Publishers. "Because I Fly" contains 170 poems and is the "most complete, up-to-date collection of aviation poetry ever published," according to editor Helmut Reda's Web site at www.geocities.com/becauseifly. Rodgers is now working on publishing a novel she has written about a pilot and also is busy promoting "Because I Fly" with the editor and several other poets who contributed to the anthology. The anthology canb be ordered online at Amazon.com [or] the publisher's Web site at www.bookstore.mcgraw-hill.com. Rodgers said she is proud of her part in the book of poetry. "It re-ignites the joy and flight and that's something that the terrorists tried to kill on Sept. 11." Clovis News Journal 20020105 By Terry Lee Goodrich, Staff WriterAs a little girl, Kathy Rodgers was terrified of the rattlesnakes she knew lurked in the grass beyond the front porch of her Aunt Cora's country home in Clovis, N.M.But the risk was worth it. She sat for hours--garden hoe in hand lest a rattler slither by--and watched in awe when the jets at nearby Cannon Air Force Base lifted off or landed."I didn't knew it was dangerous. I just thought it was glamorous," said Rodgers, 43, of Colleyville, a free-lance writer who has written for Family Circle magazine.So flight has often been a theme in Rodgers' writing as she grew into an adult, an interest fanned by her marrage 22 years ago to an Air Force fighter pilot. Six of her poems have been printed in the recently published Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill, $16.95), a compilation of 170 aviation poems by 75 authors.The authors include novelist James Dickey, Jonathan Livingston Seagull author Richard Bach and Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who died in 1939.The book is "especially timely now," Rodgers said. "It reignites the joy of flight, something the terrorists tried to destroy on Sept. 11."The poetry, written from 1869 to 2001, deals with topics such as aviation as military service, death in flight and a pilot's love for the son he must leave when he travels."Even though the Wright brothers didn't take off until 1903, people were still jumping off roofs and flapping their wings," Rodgers said.One of Rodgers' poems, A Little Boy's Dream, is about husband Tom Rodgers' childhood yearning to become a pilot. The poem, which Kathy Rodgers mounted on a plaque, brought tears to his eyes when she gave it to him as a Christmas gift in 1986...when he checks his six and grips the stick and looks in the rear-view mirror, on the face of his helmet visor--The fighter pilot can see the distant daydream boy who'd wanted to fly since he was three."She's a piece of work," Rodgers said about his wife.But as a military wife, Kathy Rodgers learned the flip side of aviation's glamour. That inspired the poem The Lady Let Him Fly about a fighter pilot's widow who never tired to come between him and his love of flying."When we were in Tucson, three weeks into the marriage, I heard on TV that a pilot had crashed in the desert," she said. "I was 21 and young, scared. When I heard my husband's car drive up, I burst into tears."Every day I lived with the fear that he would not come home. We lost so many friends in crashes," she said.Air Force Lt. Col. Helmut Reda, editor of the anthology, said he chose Rodgers as a contributor after seeing her poems in aviation publications and on the Internet. His favorites include Because You Have Flown, about a pilot grounded for medical reasons."That is a very difficult moment for any pilot, and Kathleen was able to capture the emotion and positively reflect on what he gained as a person because he had flown," Reda said. "She has the rare gift of being able to transcend the medium between pilot experiences and those who have never flown."These days, Tom Rodgers flies for American Airlines. "Even after what happened Sept. 11, every time he leaves on a trip I don't have that awful fear" when he flew in the Air Force, Kathy Rodgers said.But the fascination continues. "There's a whole lot of pride and glory," she said. Star-Telegram 20011213

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HELMUT REDA is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force assigned to the U.S. Mission in Geneva. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering and a master's degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He has flown in over 50 types of aircraft ranging from balloons and gliders to seaplanes, transports, and jet fighters. The author of articles on aerospace engineering, testing aircraft, the environment, advanced management techniques, and methods of combating bureaucracy, he also contributed to a book on military project management. This collection of poetry is his first anthology.

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