Moons, Roads, and Rivers

Moons, Roads, and Rivers, my first poetry chapbook, was released from Finishing Line Press in December of 2017. Click here to order your copy from the publisher! Since it’s listed with Ingram, you can also order it from your local bookstore, or Amazon or Barnes & Nobel if you insist. And if you go that route, maybe you’d be kind enough to take the time to give the book a review on one or both of those sites. I’d be so grateful.

You can also find it on Goodreads if you are into that. Want a signed copy of either of my chapbooks (this one or the new Angels & Adultery, selected by Nickole Brown for the Robin Becker Series at Seven Kitchens Press)? Email me at, or just scroll down and click on that pretty DONATE button, add a buck fifty to the cost for shipping (in the US) and I’ll sign and send you one myself!

Moons, Roads, and Rivers is a small collection of poems set along highways and side roads from Pennsylvania to Indiana, from backyards and bar stools to graveyards and broken-down cars. The collection begins with an old poem about calling my neighbors in Indiana outside to see the moon, and ends with a poem that reflects back on that original piece.

Some poems were previously published in places like San Pedro River Review, The Blue Hour Magazine, and Contemporary American Voices.

Excerpts from the Jacket:

With images wrought in highly perceptive verse, David J. Bauman’s poems speak eloquently of what we love, and what prevails over the artificial and transient . . . Such poignant natural details, personal and reflective, “slowly / raise the relics to light,” recalling the land and riverscapes of James Wright. The poems of Moons, Roads, and Rivers embrace and take solace in what blesses our lives, generously offering a luminous, enduring work.
Jeffrey Alfier, editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review

David J. Bauman threads dynamic energy throughout Moons, Roads and Rivers, which leads the reader to palpable angst and longing . . . movement between floating and sinking as you travel the circuitous curves of his journey . . .
Dawn Leas, author of I Know When to Keep Quiet and Take Something When You Go

David J. Bauman‘s debut chapbook, Moon, Roads, and Rivers, is a celebration of  everyday elements that we often take for granted . . . Bauman’s lines and rhythms are precise and fine-tuned . . . At the heart of the book, the poet celebrates humanity, despite our flaws, and acknowledges that we are at our best when we are attuned and respectful to the greater world around us.
Brian Fanelli, author of Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books)

Read the complete blurbs at Finishing Line Press when you Moons, Roads, and Rivers by clicking right here.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. renobarb says:

    Huzzah! Congratulations on the chapbook!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. icefogger says:

    Congrats David! Happy to pre-order.


    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the support 😀


    1. Thank you, Andrew!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. keatsbabe says:

    Looks great David! Can we get it in the UK?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes! They do overseas shipping. They just got a pre-order of it from Australia! 😀 Thank you so much, Suzie!


  4. keatsbabe says:

    All done 😀 Looking forward to it! X

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you sooooo muchly!


  5. ManicDdaily says:

    Hey David! Congratulations. I will pre-order. Did not wish to do from poem but will from computer. All best. K.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! And did your phone just autocorrect poem into phone? 😀

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    2. ManicDdaily says:

      No. I think I said that I didn’t want to order on my phone but would rather order on a computer and I was on my phone!

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  6. Hehe, yes, it took me a second but I figured out that’s what you meant. Look back at what your phone actually typed. It made me smile. Just not as big as it made me smile when you said you are going to pre-order. 😀


  7. I’ve heard that publishers won’t take on an author without a commitment to do readings and public appearances. Did you find that to be true?

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  8. I haven’t seen that yet, but then this is the first actual book contract I’ve signed. This publisher does not require it, but they do strongly encourage it, along with promoting via social media and emails. They do help some with promotion, including announcement mailings to addresses that I’ve provided.

    As with many, places, you need to at least be able to get a minimum number sold during the presale time in order to publish. The number is low, in this case. I’m shooting for a higher number in order to receive more free copies to sell myself at readings later. From what I’ve seen, if you were to win a contest for chapbook publication, there is no minimum sale threshold for them to publish the winner, but there are often times when you are asked to participate in release and readings. With FLP, that release party and subsequent readings are up to me.


  9. Thank you, David.

    PS. Love the cover.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Brian! ❤


    1. Thank you so much, Brian! I hope you enjoy the poems.


  10. ManicDdaily says:

    Just bought it! Many congrats. k.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. nice man! congratulations on this!!

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Thanks! I have another announcement I should make here shortly. At least in *some* ways, it was a good year.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Yeah I also had good one is some kind of manner, I learned very good lessons this year
      1) people change like weather
      2) don’t depend on someone else for your happiness
      3)don’t judge someone through face
      And these lessons made my year good

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