Chris Pliska

Christopher Pliska
Honorary Associate Membership for Lifetime Achievement

 

On Behalf of The Road Scribes of America, the Charter Guardians, MarySusan (Founder) and Eddie Sorez (Co-founder) – RSOA (TM) 2012 announce on this day, April 14, 2014 that Christopher Pliska has been awarded an Honorary Associate Charter Membership for Lifetime Achievement. Christopher’s support of his Fathers work (Eddie Sorez) and career as a Biker Poet has been shared through Essay in his College English course and throughout the years with encouraging words towards Sorez regarding his writings and career. Sorez helped put Chris through riding school and Christopher has been ‘In The Wind’ for a few years now, and has just announced that he has joined the United States Marine Corps!

 

College Essay On Biker Poet Sorez The Scribes’ “Saddled Baggage” By His Son Christopher Pliska

Christopher Pliska
Mr.Anderson
English 102
March 1, 2014
“Saddled Baggage”
Edward Pliska also known as “Sorez the Scribe”, is the Co-Founder of the Road Scribes Of America Fellowship, The submissions editor for the Road Scribes Of America having helped some members get their first publishing as well as helping many seasoned writers continue to be published on a monthly basis, former President of the Highway Poets Motorcycle Club, former editorial columnist for the Connecticut Cruise News Newspaper, and after being first published in 1980 has had a successful career which includes four published books. He currently writes for a dozen motorcycle magazines across the country, a modern day poet that illustrates his life through his writing. Edward Pliska, uses his direct relation to his life-long love motorcycles, to tell stories of his past, present, loved ones, hopes, dreams, experiences, and the ones who have become one with the wind. In the authors writing he uses his knowledge to emphasis the life style he lives so that people who read his work can relate to or even become curious of the lifestyle that Sorez has lived his whole life, in hope that people share his experiences through his poetry, “Biker Poetry.” This unique style of writing does a special job of catching the eye of a reader making his work unique, knowledgeable, and even inspirational.
As defined by Merriam-webster.com Poetry is “Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm… Something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression.” For every writer a unique style of writing is used, for Sorez, it was biker poetry, which is described as “a movement of poetry that grew out of the predominantly American lifestyle of the Biker and Motorcycle clubs following World War II.” but what many people may not know is that biker poetry doesn’t just speak to the person riding there 1997 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy. Biker Poetry bring together people of all sorts of colors, shapes, sizes, and different patches, due to their love for the open road and freedom that bring s these people together.
What makes each author unique is what they write about and how they write it. For some poets finding a way to describe their life through personification helps give readers direct relation to their concerns. For Sorez the Scribe, writing poems about his life come directly from the heart, its each unique experience that inspires his unique poetic form. Growing up he was a metal junkie and a motor head who lived for the open road, the free spirit, and the brotherhood that comes together through these horse powered beasts. “He wound up quitting school” (169) but this didn’t stop Sorez thanks to one teacher who made all the difference for this aspiring writer, “Try to find your voice when you write.” Although he didn’t understand the meaning of this at the time over the years he has become to believe that he finally understands the teacher’s message, “I believe I found my voice, the voice of a poet.” As Sorez the Scribe began to ride he also began to write of his life and the people he met along the way, each poem from the heart, whatever may flow naturally from the pen to the paper.
“Saddled Baggage: Bite the Bullet” (Snippet)
Bite the bullet
Swallow your pride…
Step out of darkness
Into the light
Let this one live
To learn to be wise…
Unless confronted again (113)
From reading through a wide variety of his poems you can tell that sorez tries to live his life as a man who carries his fair share of wisdom, hoping that one day his words will carry down and affect the life of a rider whose knowledge will only expand through the experiences of others. This is a unique style of writing because not only does Sorez the Scribe try to pass along his wisdom but he also tells of the experiences he has. Sorez the Scribe deals with life concerns through literature by exposing the rights and the wrongs of what he has gone through in his life, for the people he has lost he uses his voice to commemorate some of his fallen brothers, but he also voices his concerns through literature by releasing built up emotion that inevitably reaches out to the reader and gives them insight on the life and situations someone may be dealing with. This style may give a person who may not have it bad a look into the life of another who could be riding their motorcycle on a one way road to hell.
Sorez the Scibe states that “There is no particular style that I strive to maintain in my work, I do try to rhyme most of the time but whatever way the poem comes to me is how it is written in the moment.” Each poem differs from the next, having its own feel, form, and emotion. There are similarities in each poem, which come from his personal technique that truly captures the moment that can put the reader in the place of him or a biker alike. But in each poem there are unique and different experiences that make each story very different but just as touching and effective.
“living the life: the loner” (Snippet)
The road less traveled
Is that of a loner…
Living his life…
Day and night
Going somewhere
Or going nowhere
He rides alone (43)
This is a poem that describes a man who ultimately rides alone that seizes the day and doesn’t miss a moment to ride his Harley and live his life on the open road, a simple poem but full of meaning.
“Saddled Baggage: War Is Hell” (Snippet)
War is a fucked up thing
For a person to go through…
Only a person who’s been there
Can really relate to the situation…
It’s a fucked up thing
When the next generation
Is consistently told that
War is a good thing
And they believe the lies
Just like we did
Not too many years ago before
Right before we went to war (12)
From “the loner” to “War is Hell” a clear difference in topics can be noticed. In one situation a person is free and is riding his Harley on a road that will take him anywhere or nowhere. But in the other situation you get introduced to the mind of a man who sees the issues with everything going on around us, you get introduced to a bigger issue, to a war, that our people our soldiers are fighting but we don’t see the impact of this war that they live through. Both very different poems that have their own meaning but at the same time are just as effective as the next making you think as it paints a mental photograph of people you met and people you know. The authors range in topic helps pull in readers because not only do you get to see life through his experiences but you get almost an insight at life and everything around you as other people may see it. A writers range is important to good poetry because each poem will have its own voice which avoids the chance of a repetitive works.
When analyzing a poem, a reader must take into consideration the authors state of mind, and what their life might have been like at the time they were writing that specific poem. I asked Sorez if he had a favorite poem and sure enough he did, but what was unexpected is that his favorite poem has never been published in any of the books or magazines he’s written for.
“A Poem To Myself”
You have earned my trust
Having proven to me
That you more than care
And your friendship
Is very important to me
You are very kind and
A very loving being
I am honored
To have you in my life
But my friend
We do need to talk
You have to stop being
So hard upon your self
Unique
Consider your friendship
A treasure
Consider
Loving me.
I found this poem very interesting as did Sorez himself as he states, “I wrote the piece titled ‘A Poem To Myself’ during a very dark period in my life and it serves to remind me to continue on in a positive direction.” The part of the poem I found to be the most interesting is when Sorez wrote, “You have to stop being/So hard upon your self/Consider your worth/Priceless…” As I was reading this is had its own personal message for me, that no matter what life throws at you, even if you can’t handle it at the moment, you can’t bring yourself down. Everyone is unique and life is priceless so you have to embrace it as such. Also since the writer is my father, it had another unique meaning that stood out for me. Although my assumption may be incorrect, this poem I believe is a self-reflection upon him as times became tough and life was no longer the open road but a highway full of cagers. The poem is a mirror reflection of how he believed his life was going at that time, which is an example of how poets use their life and situations to put emotion and life references into their poems. Everyone makes mistakes but that’s life, if you’re to go down on the road but can stand back up that gives you all more the reason to hop back onto your Harley and live to ride another day.
Concluding my analysis, it’s clear that the author Sorez the Scribe has had a very successful career and continues to spread his wisdom and knowledge to people all over. His style of writing is unlike no other, although he does try to rhyme he doesn’t depend on a certain style of writing rather than lets his words speak for themselves. The inspiration he finds for his work such as his hopes and dreams give great and unique insight for the reader which helps draw them in and keep them hooked. Biker poetry is very unique and it takes a unique writer to really capture the life of a biker, but it also takes a lot of skill and talent to be able to have such a wide variety of works that can reach out to anyone who picks up a magazine or book.

PFC Christopher Pliska

United States Marine Corps

2015