This book highlights the people and places of Springfield, Missouri in poems, photographs, and whimsical illustrations.
“This is My Springfield” is a book that makes you think, “Why hasn’t this been done before?” Ethan Bryan makes the perfect guide to show us around town– past and present– and remind us what it means to live in the Queen City. His poems, told win verse and free verse, capture a wide variety of Springfield people, events, and places: Casper’s, Andy’s, cashew chicken, Brad, Jackie, Payne, Kathleen, the weather, caves, downtown, C Street, statues, parks, music, the fair, and so much more! More does he forget the homeless, three missing women, the tragic hanging in the square. I especially like his wisdom in “Graduates, To the Class of 2023,” which includes such sound advice as “wear comfortable shoes, use your library card, give generously, love passionately, and choose kindness.”