ANNOUNCEMENT: I thank Robyn Hood Black for posting an interview with me on her splendid blog today. If you’d like to read it and explore Robyn’s place, here’s the link. http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=828175
BULLETIN: GOOSE LAKE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and on BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.
Announcing the publication of my eBook collection of prose and poetry
A Year in the Life of a Lake
Poems by David L. Harrison
Illustrations by Sladjana Vasic
Living on a lake has its privileges. I watch the sun come up across the water each morning and look out dozens of times each day to see what’s going on. I’m never disappointed. My endless fascination with life around the lake will be apparent when you read GOOSE LAKE, my first poetry collection published as an eBook.
Sladjana Vasic illustrated the poems beautifully and Milos Vasic did the formatting. My courage to try this comes from the pioneering collections of poetry assembled and edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. Janet mentored me through the steps and she and Sylvia wrote the foreword for the book. My thanks to all!
The book begins . . .
August 4, 1989
Meeting Our Neighbors
As I stooped in my driveway for the morning paper, a delegation of geese hissing like punctured tires flat-footed it toward me across the grass. This was not a social call. My new house squatting on their land beside their lake was an outrage. Indignant to their pinfeathers the geese closed ranks and delivered their ultimatum in a furious chorus.
Bills hard as chisels,
necks recoiling like missile launchers
firing off fierce glares
the posse bristles pigeon-toed
to enforce goose law:
will be hissed
they learn their lesson.
Over time we humans near the lake have made peace with the geese which, on a busy day, outnumber us twenty to one. Our key concession is to their occasional messy forays into our yards. These Canadians don’t know about their ancestors, those hardy enforcers of goose law that established goose rights in the neighborhood. It’s always hardest for the pioneers. The lake lacks an official name but I call it Goose Lake. It seems fair.
I hope you’ll download a copy of GOOSE LAKE. It’s priced at $3.99 and is available from Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com ), Amazon (http://www.amazon.com ), and iTunes (http://www.itunes.com ). Formatting is suitable for Nook, Kindle, iPad, and smart phones.
Thanks very much.
P.S. I’ve set up an additional e-mail address specifically for correspondence regarding GOOSE LAKE. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org . For anything else, please continue contacting me at email@example.com.