These are works of nature that wind us through the year on a river of changing seasons, and around every turn, the reader sees the art of the beaver, hears the descending song of the canyon wren, and is surprised by personal dragons. Here is poetry that embraces drunken Frenchmen and childhood longings; some remain in the ether, some are realized. From death, basketball, and the long arm of fantasy from someone who has forgotten his meds, straightforward descriptions of zoological specimens morph into something fresh. These poems are the adventures of a varied life where the therapist is a guitar, mountain lions and street folk respected comrades, and a canoe the better office.
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About the Author
Roger Hartwell has lived in the Napa Valley for over 40 years. Born in Burbank, California, he graduated from Sonoma State University with a Masters in Biology and retired after 30 years as a Resource Biologist. Along the way he was a carpenter, managed restaurants and gas stations, and was homeless, he worked at a State Hospital, is a Certified Fisheries Professional, volunteered for numerous environmental groups, and studied poetry with Gary Silva, Dorianne Laux, Gillian Connolly, Michael Dow, and Cyrus Cassells. He won the Jessamyn West Creative Writing contest and was published in The Cardinal Poetry Quarterly, first leaves, The Dickens, and Harvest. He lives in Napa with his wife Tammy White, their dogs Elly and Sophie, and a bifurcat named Phineas.