Robert Alexander

Afternoon at the Lake



Along one quarter mile stretch of shoreline, a meadow upland: daisies and buttercups, forget-me-nots, wild iris so pale and violet, hawkweed with its orange head, the yellow flower whose name I’ve forgotten, anemone white as the clouds overhead. Small waves lapping at the gravel, I feel the breeze on my face, the sun hot on my skin, and a faint smell of cedars and fir and spruce. Further along five immature bald eagles perch unseen in the thick trees—motley brown and white, the colors yet to coalesce into the vivid head and tail of the mature birds. One by one they emerge from the forest and fly off down the lake when I get too close, except one who stays back to circle over me several times before following the others. I have to turn around then and paddle homeward, as thunder is approaching from the south.


Copyright © 2018 by Robert Alexander

Selected Works

Poetry
A chapbook of prose shorts.
"If there's such a thing as a Midwestern prose poem, Alexander surely invented it."—Peter Johnson
“A lucid and totally engrossing book of poems.” —Jim Harrison
Nonfiction
"A fascinating tale of political intrigue, land speculation, and sectional haggling"--Jon Kukla
“Five Forks is a splendid and intriguing study. The prose is improbably lucid and lovely." —Jim Harrison
Anthologies
"There are so many gems in this anthology . . . that readers will want to have it close by, to randomly dip into its pages as they would a fine, and very large, box of chocolates."—Peter Johnson
“An important addition to the burgeoning exploration of brief prose and flash fiction . . . an abundance of rich, fragmented, carefully crafted moments.”—Tara L. Masih
"An essential addition to our library of American literature."—Lydia Davis
Includes voices from Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.
"For North American prose poetry - the definitive anthology."—Peter Johnson