Local Writer David Harrison

David Harrison has two new books—one children’s book and one e-book—that every fan of this local writer’s work should

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About as prolific as they come (his published works number more than 80), Springfield writer David Harrison has two new projects that are worth a read. The first, Cowboys, came out this spring and is a fun book for young readers, Harrison’s main audience. But he has also published his first e-book. A short book of poetry for grown-up readers, Goose Lake: A Year In the Life of a Lake, is packed with verses and their sentimental back stories.

This book of poems by Harrison would be the perfect gift book for your own little cowboy. The large-format book features charming full-bleed illustrations that accompany each poem about cowboy life, from a fence that needs mending to a stray cow that needs to be caught. My favorite poem-illustration combo is called “The Bunkhouse.” The poem talks in a western voice about a stinky, messy bunkhouse that drives its residents to sleep outside under the stars, while the picture depicts a cowboy with a hilarious expression on his face, a pair of red long johns, one sock that’s about to fall off and another with a hole that his big toe sticks out of.

Goose Lake: A Year in the Life of a Lake
As Harrison weaves together essays and poems about watching the wildlife that makes a home in the lake behind his house, you can practically hear the honking geese. Every poem seems a little nostalgic and a lot charming, and each one gives a vivid picture of life on Goose Lake. My favorite tells a sad story about a swan couple that swims side-by-side until one falls ill and dies. The other never finds a new mate but returns to Goose Lake every now and then, still mourning, it seems, for its partner.

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