Each of the 274 poems in Gems of Yesterday: The poetry and Philosophy of Bee Lewis has been a labor of love for editor and long-time friend, Erwin A. Thompson as a tribute to Bee Lewis—a man he thought of as a kindred spirit and mentor. The poems span a period of close to four decades and cover a rare glimpse of a bygone era. The subject matter ranges from the personal to the philosophical, from dialect to description.
We'll be on the radio in July, and on the program at the Godfrey Congregational Church where we’ll be reading poems, telling stories, and playing music. All the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the church where Amelia Lewis, Bee's wife, was so active. It's a good example of POD used as a community project—one in which it's “all about the love, not the numbers” (my slogan). This has been a long-standing dream of the Lewis family to see Bee's poems in print and there's quite a buzz building in Godfrey as I hear. It's incredibly gratifying to see how happy the book is making everyone. That's been my goal: that the books I've been producing will be a source of happiness for us and everyone else.
Available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gems-Yesterday-poetry-Philosophy-Lewis/dp/0595479057 or can be purchased directly from Janet Riehl. All proceeds donated directly to the Godfrey Congregational Church.