American Princess Meets Homeboy978-1-64316-584-4
With Hope Johnson as connection to culture of privilege, David Taylor develops into top salesman at Fashion On Fremont family boutique replacing menswear Manager she fired unbeknownst to father. After work one night drinking at the bar in Golden Nugget Casino, in conversation with Hope, he admits he writes poetry. She laughs it off teasing him about being a working class guy--aircraft mechanic, writing poetry. When the two of them are having dinner with dad, Rob, and Hope’s play Mom, Vanessa who lives in Long Beach, she jokingly brings it up. Her father’s girlfriend, a high school English teacher encourages him to let her read his poems. She is impressed enough to convince David to have them published. When he does, his chapbook, Man Meets Woman readership grows in Long Beach Indie bookstore circles leading to selling of 2,500 copies the summer of ’76. Prior to David’s arrival on Long Beach scene as Young Turk, Wilson White, a retired History Professor from Fresno State turned Bestselling writer with book of essays titled, Wilderness, was literary celebrity. Shadowed by success of chapbook poet, Mr. White decides to publish a book of poems. On same day Wilson White has meet-and-greet for Mother Nature Unchained, at big box store (Borders) in Westwood Village, a block away, three hours later in The Village, David Taylor’s readers pack Book Closet (Indie store owned by female friend of Mr. White) for reading. It is his first recital of, Homecoming, a poem published in American Poetry Review--the Bestseller himself in attendance. Mutual respect for each other’s work becomes foundation for friendship among writers who turn occasion into cause for partying the night way with Long Beach Indie circle at Will’s Bixby Knoll mansion. With book deal for complete volume of poetry released the coming year, David and Hope elope for Christmas wedding on Maui planned that summer before success of chapbook. She vacationed in Hawaii with Dad and Vanessa as young girl, returning a grown woman to be carried over last threshold by her Champion the poet.