2016: The Year of Lessons is now available for pre-order!

“2016:  The Year of Lessons”, my ninth and final book, is now available in the Kindle store!  It’s priced at $5.99, and will be released on October 29th.

As with all my Kindle editions, this release has been configured with Kindle Matchbook, offering the Kindle edition at a discounted price for anyone who’s also purchased a physical copy.  The Kindle Matchbook price for this book is $2.99.

I’m including a copy of the cover below, as well as the book description.  If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can do so here:  http://a.co/d/1r2CYbT

The Year of Lessons is Daniel’s 9th book of poetry, containing his work from 2016. Breathtaking in its brevity, profound in its prose – The Year of Lessons studies serious subjects such as politics and depression while also exploring lighter topics like romance, courage, and The Holidays.

Legend

Dawn breaks
on the far side of despair,
and dreams can live long past
our pregnant bedside vigils.

Tomorrow is not a gift,
but neither is it a curse.
It is a blank sheet of paper
on which to write our story.

Our future is charted
by the characters we include,
the quests we embrace,
and what we chose to abandon.

The ink ever-flows in our hearts,
and the world waits eagerly for our decisions.

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Fantasia

Excitement ended,
the children are content
to play with their prizes,
and leave their parents in peace.

The glitz and glamour
will soon be set aside
as the rigors of the real world
demand due attention.

So savor the memories –
these times between times,
this stillness between breaths –
as long as you are able.

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Solstice

The night is hungry,
devouring candles like candy,
and trying to snuff out the light
like the last drag on a cigarette.

People huddle up tight,
with layer upon layer of protection
against the cold left in the wake
of their dearly departed sun.

But just when things seem at their worst,
a curiosity occurs –
the shadows, sated at last,
make way for lengthening days.

And beyond the departing darkness
waits a world blooming in the light.

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