GOLDEN GATE BOOKS
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
This little book of poetry is truly unique, captivating and wealth of information about the famous Golden Gate Bridge. It's filled with historical insights and fun trivia. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of my life and traveled over the bridge countless times, I found this little gem delight to read.
-Mudala G (California, USA)
One of the most detailed and passionate accounts of the history of this amazing suspension bridge written in such beautiful prose. It was joy to read this poetry book. The author had carried out a detailed research on the building history with some wonderful anecdotes.
- Rakshinda Majeed ( UK)
What a great read! This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to read a title from Ashkum Ashwick. It’s a unique concept—a book of poetry that also mixes in history of the Golden Gate Bridge. The lyrical and easy-to-read poetry keeps the mini-history lessons interesting. Plus, the book tops out at 88 pages which makes it a quick read. The author did a beautiful job evoking the awe and wonder the bridge inspires in many who have seen it from photos or who are lucky enough to visit in person. Ashwick uses beautiful poetry to convey how this work of art connects hearts and souls all around the world. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants an engaging read. It would make a great buy for travel buffs as well as history nerds.
Golden Gate Bridgoetica - wHOLE fASCINATING hISTORY jUST IN A POEM
The “Golden Gate Bridgoetica” is a long poem-book that sings in praise of not only this magnificent bridge, but its creator, Joseph B. Strauss. The author, Ashkum Ashwick begins by illuminating Strauss’s unique history, leading up to the beginning of his greatest bridge project. With creative parents, a musical mother and painting father, it is no surprise that Strauss also followed a creative path, writing poetry for most of his life. In addition to the creative, Strauss also had an engineering mind, designing and building four hundred bridges in his career, the greatest being the Golden Gate Bridge. This project was one that he fought for from the beginning, pushing through all that tried to oppose it. The speaker states “the battle started by poet engineer/ was vigorously won and never lost.” Construction began on January 5, 1933. In the stanzas that follow, the speaker details the construction process, from the hindrances of weather, lead poisoning endured by the workers, and the sheer dangers of their positions as the work continued. These dangers sadly resulted in twelve accidental deaths, prompting Strauss to purchase and install an expensive safety net beneath the bridge, saving nineteen lives, ‘“Halfway to hell club’ those saved were called, / Otherwise to death, they must have met.’ After taking the reader through the construction process, concluding at a final cost of thirty-five million dollars, the speaker describes the bright festivities of the bridge’s opening day: boy and girl scouts at each entrance of the bridge, fireworks, song, and souvenirs. This bridge quickly became one of America’s greatest wonders. Sadly, its reputation has not remained without blemish. The speaker somberly relates that “Golden Gate Bridge has its downside too/ As people use it, for suicide to commit”, and advises if there are any signs of suicide on the bridge to please call and get help. “The speaker brings the poem to a close by relating a series of fascinating facts about the bridge such as an increase in the toll amount, the staggering number of rivets used in its construction, and the US Navy’s objection to its color, ‘International Orange’, citing a safety hazard in fog for their ships. The last stanza details the eventual installation of a statue of Strauss, a process that much like the process to build his bridge, was at first met with opposition, was championed by one person, and finally completed, a fitting connection between creator and creation.
golden Gate Visitournal - JOT DOWN MEMORIES TO LET IT PERSIST vISITORS' & tOURISTS' wRITING jOURNAL
Ever wanted all your adventures locked in one place? Jump on the bandwagon of your wanderlust and record everything in your personal travel diary , to be passed it down to the next generation so they could enjoy reading where their parents and grandparents wandered. Let’s make it easier for you, and here are the whole nine yards of how to go about it as far as visiting Golden Gate Bridge , San Francisco, California is concerned. So, what is personal Travel Journal? A personal travel journal is a significant reminiscence of all your adventures, saga, records, fairy- tales, stories, memories and discoveries that you may experience throughout your travels. This personal travel journal is your own personal space that’s solely owned by you, it’s entirely up to you to pick and choose what you want to compose, draft and all you decide to add to it. A few years later, you’d want to recall the memories you made, and you’d have it all safe and sound in your personal journal. It doesn’t have to be a very luxurious journal, it could just be a notebook, the exterior appearance doesn’t matter, but the interior content is what matters. But a significant point to be noted is that it should be sturdy enough to hold up and now shatter into pieces. It’s preferred that the bottom is flat so it’s easy to write on whenever, wherever. Rest the colors and decorations are dependent on your decision. It needs to be to the point so that it remains interesting even for you. Long paragraphs,excessive details,and lengthy essays will make it slightly boring. You can create an index, or small sticky notes and label the city or county so if you ever want to show someone else or even re-read yourself, it won’t take you hours to figure out where what lies. The index is a very handy tool. So how would you begin? What would you start with? First and foremost, most importantly the “itinerary”. Let’s define itinerary: itinerary is your entire route/plan penned down. This includes entirely all the details of the places you visit, you could also add people along with photos to make it a more substantial memory. Make lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, people to see, things to do etc. etc. As you go along your journey, mark your favorite bits, for e.g., the best food you had, or the most beautiful place you went to, the scenes that were breath-taking, people you met and so on. Along with this, try scrapping everything. Tickets, receipts, anything you found in the country’s local language, any particular food or drinks you had (the labels), you can staple or stick them and have an evident memory for you to look at. You can even illustrate your content to make it even more amusing and entertaining. You do not need to necessarily have the talent of drawing, a good camera would do, or even your phone camera. You can google up settings and end up with fantastic pictures. One of the paramount rules, is to make sure your journal isn’t monotonous. The details should be just enough that cover the highlights, if you go in depth with what all you did, it will become tedious and too lengthy. It’s your travel journal that you’d want to cherish and preserve, so don’t make it banausic. It needs to be full of life and intriguing. Everything doesn’t need to be listed, you can leave out lots as there would be lots you’d put in. The contents don’t need to be in proper order or very well composed, it should be full of your passion and joy that you explore as you go although pages have been inserted for most of your traveling thoughts and likely experiences. The ball is in your court, the Golden Gate VISITOURNAL is your personal diary, do as you please and make most of it to let your memories of the marvel persist!