Rockford author’s ‘Love is Meat’ to be released Aug. 5 at Memorial Hall

Staff Report

Rockford writer and musician David W. Pedersen will release Love is Meat, a collection of poems and short stories, at a release party beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

Admission to the release party is free, and the event will feature live readings from Pedersen and other local authors/poets, including Thomas L. Vaultonburg, Michael Whyte and Xen. Doug Shiloh will host the event.

According to Pedersen, Love is Meat “can be considered a mixture of Midwestern observations, dark humor and the realities surrounding our current post-economic downturn.

“I started gathering my works, as well as writing, about five months ago,” Pedersen said. “Love is Meat has been funded in its entirety by 29 local donors, and is being printed at Johnson Group — so it has, in fact, been produced, printed and financed completely in Rockford.”

Love is Meat (79 pages) is Pedersen’s first book. The book can be purchased at the Aug. 5 release party for $10, or online at for the same price with shipping costs. The Amazon sales won’t start until Aug. 6, including the Kindle version, which will be 99 cents. Pedersen said he also plans to do more shows at book stores in Illinois and Wisconsin.

In anticipation of the release of Love is Meat, The Rock River Times will print two selections from the book, one this week and one next week. For more about the author, visit

Following is this week’s selection from Love is Meat:


“I am not a Hero,”

Came a cry

From the man holding the trophy.

“I am a bowler.”

His mustache


His heart

Pumped with joy.

The perfect game.

Even after seven American-style beers.

“I don’t even own these shoes.”

“Do I get a food coupon, or just the trophy?”

“Where can I get this engraved?”

His pleated pants

Tucked away his pressed work shirt

And then

There were celebration nachos.

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