Life at the Far End is now available on real, actual, physical book shelves!
Say what you will about the convenience of internet ordering, there’s nothing quite like wandering around in a book store, the creak of the boards under foot, or maybe the spring of the carpet as you move slowly along, head cocked at an angle, reading the spines sideways. Your finger traces the titles that suggest and entreat, inviting you take a gentle walk with old friends or offering a plunge into worlds you haven’t before considered.
Until one strip of color, brighter than the rest, catches your attention. The title is intriguing, the cover beautiful, and you turn it over to the back blurb for your first glimpse, for the quick flyby of what’s inside.
“…started as a gift…” it says,
“…spontaneous poem…” it says,
“…a life lived on the fringes…” it says.
Other people move around you and, in the background, you hear their murmurs to one another as they stand together, comparing their own treasured finds.
But, with the opening of the front fly, with the turning of the pages, you stand no longer wholly in this book filled room. With your one foot still anchored on the store’s wooden floor, you’ve stepped the other through the window of the author’s words. Reading a phrase here, a passage there, a stanza, a line, you peer into experiences not your own, but made yours through the sharing.
With a decisive sigh, you close the book and rummage in your bag for the dollars needed. With the jingle of the shop bell, you step out onto pavement, sunshine bright in your eyes, a new-found friend tucked under your arm.
Just this week, Life at the Far End was added to the display shelves of Poor Richard’s Book Store in Colorado Springs (320-324 1/2 Tejon) CO and Barbed Wire Books in Longmont (504 Main St.) CO. So now you can come in person and get your own copy of poetry inspired by the cracks of the sidewalks where the dandelions grow, by the smiles of strangers, and by the birds chirping in the branches above our heads.
Don’t live anywhere near Colorado Springs or Boulder County? No worries, I’m adding new bookstores all the time. Be sure to check back here for a listing of bookstores in your area and if you’ve got a favorite store, let me know, I’ll check them out.
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