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

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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