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Irving Toast, disembodied poet laureate from the late 1890's, has found his favorite haunting place at KRUU-LP 100.1 FM, "The Voice of Fairfield" on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. W. E. Butts

Though at times you may hear his ethereal jabbering wending its way through the microphone cords, his chosen earthly medium, and host of the show, is Fairfield poet Rustin Larson.

Irving, through Rustin, will be interviewing established and emerging poets and writers from the North American literary scene and hosting haunting literary performances from talent near and far.

Tune in this Sunday, April 20th to catch a brand new interview with renowned New Hampshire poet, W. E. Butts.

Pour the pancake batter, Maybelle! This one is gooood!

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Craig Deininger bats second on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost with host Rustin Larson,Craig Deininger Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 am!

Wander in the desert and contemplate badger-shaped galaxies with poet Craig Deininger in the next episode of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost.

Deininger has been writing poetry seriously for over 20 years. He has studied at U-Mass and Oxford, and has a life of travels and adventures, which seem to fuel his insights.

Deininger is currently putting together a comprehensive manuscript of his work, including 40 out of 800 or 900 poems. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Glyphs, Riverbend, and Craig has taught creative writing workshops in Amherst, Moab, and Banner Elk.

So dim the lights and place your fingers lightly on the table. The spirits are about to speak

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Tune in May 4th, 10:30 am CT as Suzanne Frischkorn pays a visit to the hauntedSuzanne Frischkorn studio (via phone call). Suzanne Frischkorn is the author of five chapbooks, most recently American Flamingo, (2008), and Spring Tide, selected by Mary Oliver for the Aldrich Poetry Award (2005).

Lit Windowpane, her first full-length book, will be released by
Main Street Rag Press in autumn, 2008. Her poems have recently
appeared, or are forthcoming in Ecotone, Indiana Review, Diode, No Tell Motel, MiPOesias, Salt Flats Annual, and the anthology Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems, part of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet Series (Knopf, 2007)

From 2001 to 2005 she served as an editor for Samsära Quarterly. She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.

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Mary Swander
Sunday, May 18th at 10:30 am CST tune in for Mary Swander. (She brought her banjo!)

Mary's Swander's most recent work is a forthcoming book of poetry entitled The Girls on the Roof (Turning
Point Press, 2009). This long narrative poem is the story of a mother
and daughter stuck on top of the roof of catfish dive on the banks of
the Mississippi River for three days during the 1993 flood. There, they
discover they’ve both had an affair with the same man.

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maureen alsopSunday, June 1st at 10:30 am CT, worship and adore Maureen Alsop. Maureen is the author of Apparition Wren, published by Main Street Rag in 2007.

Jean Valentine says, "The poems in Apparition Wren are sometimes sensual, sexual, almost rawly emphatic to the loneliness and suffering of the characters she writes about (look at "Mud Pie Underworld," "Butcher's Wife"); sometimes Alsop's poems are less narrative, and still beautifully candid and strange."
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maureen alsopMaureen is the author of Apparition Wren, published by Main Street Rag in 2007.

Jean Valentine says, "The poems in Apparition Wren are sometimes sensual, sexual, almost rawly emphatic to the loneliness and suffering of the characters she writes about (look at "Mud Pie Underworld," "Butcher's Wife"); sometimes Alsop's poems are less narrative, and still beautifully candid and strange."
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patricia fargnoli

Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Patricia Fargnoli, blesses the haunted studio with her sweet voice and poetry on Sunday, June 8th at 10:30 am, central time.

In 1999, a collection of her poems called Necessary Light won the May Swenson Poetry Prize, chosen by poet Mary Oliver and published by Utah State University Press. Her latest book, Duties of the Spirit
(Tupelo Press 2005) is the winner of the prestigious 2005 Jane Kenyon Poetry Book Award for Outstanding Poetry published by a New Hampshire author in the preceding two years.
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J. P. Dancing Bear, Sunday, June 15th at 10:30 am, central time.bear

J.P. Dancing Bear lives in Northern California. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in hundreds of publications including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry East, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, The National Poetry Review, Poetry International, Marlboro Review, Hotel Amerika, Interim, Seattle Review, Permafrost, Puerto Del Sol, Controlled Burn, Cranky, Rattle, Americas Review, and Slipstream.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20080706 - Mark Cox

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natural causes
Mark Cox
chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship, two awards from the Vermont Council on the Arts, and a Bread Loaf Writers' conference Fellowship.

Cox has published poems in such magazines as American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Crazyhorse. Ampersand Press published his chapbook, Barbells of the Gods, in 1988. Godine published Smoulder, his first full-length collection in 1989. His second collection, Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone, and his latest book, Natural Causes, were both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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Michael Carrino's second book of poetry, Under This Combustible Sky, is a richly-peopled collection whose denizens are portrayed in a stark light, like that of certain Hopper paintings, a light no less beautiful for its starkness and hard edges. Reading these poems, one realizes that in lives so full of defeat there are redemptions in solitude, and victories within the sacredness of the moment. 'For me,' Carrino writes in the poem "Cat, Rose, Musical Score", 'self absorbed and anxious, objects explain/ passion, obsession; how you have/ no control unless you agree/ before dancing white on white in silence--/ we are what we arrange.' This could well be a statement of the aesthetic brought to the arrangement of this book: a pure witnessing, at times, of a moment's details which speak volumes of the poem's subject in a language that is both economical and plainly spoken, yet rich in its precision.

I think of the poem "The Woman" in which a photograph of a soldier's Korean mistress is ogled and handed around the family table, a favorite conversation piece:

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Robert Long's "Blue"Sunday, May 11th at 10:30 am CT tune in for some Emerson, Pavese, Complicated Pasta and a tribute to the late Robert Long's poetry!

Robert Long's poems appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, and Partisan Review, as
well as three earlier collections. He taught at several colleges and
universities, including La Salle University, where he was
writer-in-residence. He died on October 13, 2006. Blue was his last published collection of poetry.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20080803 - Jim Autry

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Jim Autry

Next episode: Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 am CT tune in for a fascinating interview with Jim Autry!

Autry is the retired president of the Meredith Magazine Group, and had a distinguished career as an editor and publisher. Autry has been active in many civic, charitable, and arts organizations, most notably working with disability rights groups for more than 35 years. He served as president, chairman, and chairman emeritus of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He is a founding member of the board of Peoplefor the American Way. He is also a founder of the Des Moines National Poetry Festival.

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Poets: Bill Graeser and Dan Troxell
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Bill Graeser is from Long Island and is the
University's Locksmith. Dan is from Des Moines and is the host of
"Readings at Zanzibar's" (it's the KGB of the Midwest, sweetheart).
Hey, I've read there. This series rocks the beans in the roasting
machine.

L'chaim!

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YO!  BABY-POP!  IT'S THIS PART THAT HAS THE KLEZMER MUSIC ON IT! 

Poets: Bill Graeser and Dan Troxell.

Bill Graeser is from Long Island and is the University's Locksmith. Dan is from Des Moines and is the host of "Readings at Zanzibar's" (it's the KGB of the Midwest, sweetheart). Hey, I've read there. This series rocks the beans in the roasting machine.

L'chaim!

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Thomas Jefferson

 

Tune in Sundays at 10:30 am central or Mondays at 1:30 pm central.

Inhabit the mystery.
RAIN
Susurrus
of voices
breaking
on the roof
flowerless
green vases
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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20080831 - Joy Lyle

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Joy Lyle has an M. F. A. degree from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. Her poems have been published in Poetry Northwest, The Sewanee Theological Review, Mid-American Review, Cutbank, Poet Magazine, and the anthology Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day.
Joy lives on a farm near Keota, Iowa with her husband Trent and teaches
poetry at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
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Dorianne Laux

 

Poet Dorianne Laux rumbles into the haunted studio (via phone call) and shakes things up with her unstoppable verse.

Dorianne Laux was born in Augusta, Maine, in 1952. She worked as a sanatorium cook, a gas station manager, a maid, and a donut holer before receiving a B.A. in English from Mills College in 1988.

Laux is the author of Facts About the Moon (W. W. Norton 2005), which was the recipient of the Oregon Book Award, chosen by Ai, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her other collections include Smoke (BOA Editions, 2000); What We Carry (1994), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Awake (1990), which was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for Poetry.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20081005 - Laux & Bagels

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Poet Dorianne Laux wraps it up with host Rustin Larson in a delicious 6 minute conclusion to her interview.

Then after a brief musical interlude, poet Rustin Larson reads his lyrical narrative essay "Elegy" which first appeared in the journal The MacGuffin in 1997. Ah, literary history. Can y'all smell it in the toaster? Whiff the sesame seed, the poppy seed, the garlic and onion bagels of beauty and truth.

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Joseph Millar

 

Joseph Millar is the author of Fortune, from Eastern Washington University Press. His first collection, Overtime (2001), was finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Johns Hopkins University and spent 25 years in the San
Francisco Bay area, working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including TriQuarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, DoubleTake, Ploughshares, New Letters, Manoa, and River Styx.

He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry, the Moncalvo Center for the Arts, and Oregon Literary Arts. He teaches at Oregon State University, The University of Oregon, and Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program.

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KEEPING THE TIGERS BEHIND US by Glenn J. Freeman is the winner of the judge's prize in the Sixth Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Judge Jim McGarrah says in the introduction: "Freeman fuses pop culture with Chinese philosophy, sophisticated poetic technique and a thorough knowledge of craft with street savvy rhythms and idiomatic expression in a masterful way." Glenn Freeman grew up in Maryland and has lived in Vermont, Minnesota, and Florida. His work has appeared in such publications as Poetry, The Cimarron Review, The Lullwater Review, Talking River Review and the anthology Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day. read more »

 

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Craig and his cat, Fergus, head for the desert.  Like, this is the OTHER Deininger interview.  Different from the first one!  If Darth Vader's daughter is out there, sup?  Craig did this show and then zipped off for Pacifica to study mythology, PhD in fact.  He's is living in a tent in the desert with his cat, and has reported in exactly once.  Fergus has found his inner mountain lion, and Craig is watching the galaxies whirl and is writing about this strange life in the wilderness.

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Rock L'Orange

 

So, who says Rock L'Orange
can't write? Certainly not I, Irving Toast, your beloved disembodied
poet laureate! Rock L'Orange's short fictions are tres poetique and
come at you from all sorts of weird angles. I love 'em. He should be
more widely read. Let me repeat that. He should be more widely read.
Ah, but his writings shall hit the airwaves soon, and you shall give a
listen to his fictional Autobiography of Clerk Typist GS-5

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Rustin LarsonIn a reading recorded at the MUM Library on October 15th, 2008, Professor Larson intoned selections from his forthcoming book The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press).

Rustin Larson’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, The Atlanta Review and other magazines. Crazy Star, his latest collection, was selected for the Loess Hills Book’s Poetry Series in 2005. Larson won 1st Editor’s Prize from Rhino magazine in 2000 and has won prizes for his poetry from The National Poet Hunt and The Chester H. Jones Foundation among others. A

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Joy Lyle

 

Joy Lyle, Joy Lyle, Joy Lyle! This was a live reading taped on
Wednesday night, October 15th at the MUM Library. Most of you chose to watch the presidential debate that evening. Hey, I'm cool. But the Ghost was there to record Joy's rockin' reading and it is offered thusly on the next episode of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, 10:30 am, Sunday, October 26th and 1:30 pm, Monday, October 27.

How to describe Joy's reading? Oh, I listened to it on a CD with my eyes closed as I was driving down Highway 34 to Oskaloosa and babycakes I could SEE! I'm here to tell the tale aren't I? And now it's your turn!

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Carolyn GuinzioCarolyn Guinzio is the author of Quarry (Fall 2008, Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press), and West Pullman
(Bordighera, 2005), winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA from Bard College and has received awards from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Fund for Poetry, and the arts councils of Illinois and Kentucky. Her work has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, 42opus, New American Writing, Phoebe, and Willow Springs, among others. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Here's what they are saying about Carolyn Guinzio:

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Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost: "A Concentration of Daylight," Sunday 10:30am/Monday 1:30pm

  "A CONCENTRATION OF DAYLIGHT"--ANOTHER STORY BY ROCK L'ORANGE!

The mysterious Chinese convenience store's

second door


opens upon the darkened China

of the mind.


Its tea is some sort
of excursion


and temporarily deals
with the permanent.

 

A rider boards, wants to be left off

at the bridge.


The mask she wears:
watch parts, microscopes, radio antennae.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20081214 - Arsanjani

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Rumi Returns on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sunday 10:30am/Monday 1:30pm

  Dr. Ali Arsanjani, a Rumi scholar who is versed in the tradition of Rumi's "Erfan" poetry, or mystical Sufi poetry, is starting a new series of M.U.M. Library lectures that systematically explore the work of the great Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi. Recently, Dr. Arsanjani joined Rustin Larson at KRUU to record an introduction to Rumi's work and to talk about the upcoming lecture which will focus on a story in the famous Book of the Sun and one poem from the Masnavi Maanavi (Couplets of Inner Meaning). Says Arsanjani, "Rumi's poetry touches deep within us and resonates with our experiences of life and spirituality, regardless of denomination. It celebrates the passion of the human spirit in its quest of Unity with the Divine." 

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20081228 - Pavement

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Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost hits the "Pavement" Sun 10:30am/Mon 1:30pm

  dudeThe Ghost gives up a lyric/narrative sequence entitled "Pavement" by Rustin Larson for the next episode of Irving. One quarter rock opera, one quarter literary jam session, and a good half of a long poem in progress, we'll take fries with that, a swig of the oh-be-joyful, and worship our muses and literary goddesses at will, be there the frank fact of the winter moon shining over the shimmering snows or no.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

 

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Rumi at MUM Library on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sun 10:30am/Mon 1:30pm cst

  MUM Library

"Molana" Jalaledin Rumi (1207-1273) was a poet and a scholar, a Sufi mystic, a learned theologian, and a seeker of the Divine inbibed in every human being, which is the ineffable meaning of life. He was an orthodox, sober professor until he met a wandering Sage – Shams of Tabriz (Persia) and was transformed into an enraptured lover of God. Through his life, teachings and poetry, he seeks to convey this meaning which can be found in this inner-dwelling divine of every human being.

 

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Bits of Interest, and More Rumi, on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost

 

confused puppet interviews himself; the
blues guitar goes twang; Rustin reads a robust rendition of some
rousing rural rarebits. This all happens Sunday at 10:30am/Monday 1:30 pm central.

Daffodils
bloom, fevers
flash, nebulae hover,

pulse
white and yellow. Can you smile dawn and dusk
and pretend it doesn't hurt? The nurse

stops
a moment her whirl,

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Karin GottshallPoets Out Loud Winner Karin Gottshall on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sun 10:30 am/Mon 1:30pm cst

  “Crocus” was the 2005-2006 recipient of the Fordham University Press Poets Out Loud prize and was selected from more than 1,000 manuscripts by poets around the world.
Poets Out Loud is a community of poets established in 1992 by poets, faculty and students at Fordham University in New York.

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BlueRobert Long's poems appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, and Partisan Review, as
well as three earlier collections. He taught at several colleges and
universities, including La Salle University, where he was
writer-in-residence. He died on October 13, 2006. Blue was his last published collection of poetry.

"Robert Long is not like us poets who snivel in our ivory towers: he
lives in the good old, the hope to die USA. His muse is firmly
installed amidst the kitchenware, and he-- as the slang phrase puts
it-- really cooks. These poems are a perfect example what Hart Crane
means by 'talking USA'."

--Bill Knott

If anyone wants further information about Robert Long or his book, Blue, C. J. Pavone, publisher can be reached directly through snail mail at

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20090215 - Floydskloot

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Floyd SklootPaterson Poetry Prize finalist Floyd Skloot on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost with host Rustin Larson Sunday 10:30 am/Monday 1:30 pm

 Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and novelist whose work has appeared in such distinguished magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, and Shenandoah.

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Watt, Graeser and Larson, Part One on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sun 10:30am/Mon 1:30pm central

  Watt, Graeser, Larson... Larson, Graeser, Watt... Graeser, Larson, Watt... Looking for something that chimed like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, I came up with The Wandering Philosopher Poets of the Long Shadow. Recorded live and in concert at the MUM Library on a cold February eve, this show will warm your innards like a slurp of Oh-Be-Joyful and make you dance around the campfire clapping your loose shoe soles to the rhythm and blues of the undying heavens above. Whom do you love, Lonesome Dove? Let's give the rocks a shove and park our carcasses for some howling good poetry. And oh, this is just Part One. Part two to be aired at a later date. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwww!


Here's a poem to help get you through:

 

 

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Part 2: Watt, Graeser & Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost w/ host Rustin Larson Sun 10:30am/Mon 1pm

  Part 2 of The Wandering Philosopher Poets of the Long Shadow, "Live" from the MUM Library! Woot! Yeah! Uh-huh!


Chimpanzees live about 60
years in captivity.

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Belinda SubramanWhile living in Germany in the 1980s Belinda began Gypsy Literary Magazine and Sanctuary Tape Series where she published writings and vocal performances of poets from many countries. Sanctuary ran about 6 years and Gypsy for 10 years before its resurrection in 2004. She also published many books under the VERGIN PRESS imprint including VOCES FRONTERIZAS, writings based on life on the U.S./Mexican border sponsored by the El Paso Public Library as well as THE GULF WAR: MANY PERSPECTIVES, EARTH TONES, IMAGES OF JIM MORRISON and HENRY MILLER AND MY BIG SUR DAYS.

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RadianthologyI put the final edits on Radianthology #1 and it has been llama-tested and mother-approved and is ready for broad(web)cast on Sunday, April 12th at 10:30 am and Monday, April 13th at 1:30 pm (Central). http://www.kruufm.com. It features some wonderful word performances by Ray Succre, Patricia Fargnoli, Paul A. Toth and Jacob Russell.

And for good measure I threw in Craig Deininger reading (once again) "Perhaps the Aliens," a short episode of Dr. Whom by the BBC Radio Women's Auxillary (spoof), Mark Twain praising book royalties in the afterlife, my poem "Carroll Street" and yeah, I jam on my guitar once in a while. OK, a lot, as spacers, audio dingbats as it were. The ghost of Truman Capote also makes a cameo appearance for a public service announcement. All in a day's work.

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Marvin Bell and Rustin LarsonRenowned national poet Marvin Bell visited the studios of KRUU recently and was interviewed by Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost's own Rustin Larson. This interview will air Sunday, May 31st at 10:30 am and Monday June 1st at 1:30 pm central time. In this fascinating program, Marvin reads selected poems from his latest books, talks about his long career as a writer and teacher, and discusses recent world events in the light of his poetry.

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20090712 - Annie Finch

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- irving toast poetry ghost - bill graeser

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At last.

The truth about Frankenstein.

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Freddy Niagra FoncescaFrom: Freddy Fonseca
To: All Fairfield poets and writers

I'm inviting all Fairfield poets, including those who may have moved, to submit original poetry (published and non-published) to a space on my new website: Fairfield Creates Foundation, along with your photo and short bio. Eventually, the best of these poems will be selected for a book on Fairfield poets I'm planning to edit and publish. August 31, 2009 is the deadline for submissions.

The theme of this collection is "Fairfield's Poets As They'd Like To Be Remembered", which is the 'working title' of the book for now. Before you make your selections, I suggest that you ask yourself three questions:

Which of my poems would I like to be remembered by?
Which poems will I most likely be remembered by?
Which of these poems are really "me"?

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flora
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AP photo by lori mehman

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balloon boy's ride

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christopher seidprayers
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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Many Moods of Moore

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20091122 - Tom Kepler

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20091129 - Diane Frank

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Gladys Swan

Have you ever sat down to lunch with someone and felt like you’ve become a memory sandwich? Say your present is a slice of multi grain and the sandwich goes down through strata of deviled whatever, shredded cheddar, a cool crisp year of Romaine, an autumn of roasted garlic till you hit that subtly spicy bit of sweet relish that’s been haunting you all along. She was hard to forget, wasn’t she? And equally hard to forgive.

Such entrées veteran fiction writer Gladys Swan (who, by the way, is a major presence in The Iowa Source’s recently released poetry anthology, Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day) serves us in her short story collection, A Garden amid Fires, released in 2006 by BkMk Press.

 

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100221 - Marge Piercy

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Marge PiercyMarge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; seventeen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women's movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.

A popular speaker on college campuses, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Terri Gross’ Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Air America and Oprah & Friends.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100228 - Gladys Swan

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Bob Dylan and Alan Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's graveGladys Swan joins the circus and writes about it in her new poetry chapbook; a couple of Diane Frank singles are ready to spin; an original musical composition from the hosts of The Pocky Talky Music Mystery Show will make you scream; cool surf-drunk-punk vibes from The Lear Jets; and more on the next episode of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sunday, February 28th at 10:30 am, and Monday, March 1st at 1:30 pm.

Blue Chord

from baby to mother

from guitar to amp

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William StobbDavid KrumpDavid Krump received the 2006 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry and The Poetry Foundation. He is a graduate student at University of Oxford, and he divides his time between the UK and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he is the literary coordinator for The Pump House Regional Arts Center. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Colorado Review, Disquieting Muses Quarterly Review, and Verse.  His chapbook Night is a Good Child received the Florence Khan Memorial Award.

He recently wrote a play called 5000 pounds: seven soldiers’ stories, which debuted at The Pump House in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and will be appearing on Wisconsin Public Television in 2010.

Irving Toast, Poetry ghost - 20100411 - Raven Garland

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Raven GarlandRaven Garland is an active performer and teacher of music, poetry and eurythmy. She holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts and an Artist Diploma from the Eurythmy School of Spring Valley New York. Raven is community minded and a long time advocate for the arts in everyday life. She has extensive experience performing as a past member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Threefold Ensemble, a puppeteer for the New England Marionette Opera Theater, a pianist, a poet and eurythmist.

Her newest endeavor is the founding of http://Offthepagepoetry.com, a website dedicated to the living performance of poetry.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100418 - Kim Groninga

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Poems by Kim GroningaKim Groninga was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1970. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she studied music, dance, philosophy, journalism, and creative writing. She graduated in 1993 with a BFA in individual studies in creative expression then moved to Iowa City and completed three semesters of coursework at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Along the way, Kim traded her maiden name, Huebner, for her husband's name, Groninga, and has published under both names. Kim has worked as a waitress, tree trimmer, art class model, veterinary assistant, flute teacher, and editor. A few years ago, she moved back to Cedar Falls with her husband, Tim; daughter, Carly; and two cats, Socrates and Wesley Crusher.

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AudreySynonymous with elegance, refinement and real sophistication, La Crosse, Wisconsin are the two words (or are they three?) which led Irving Toast upon a small cross-region trek to find poetry alive and thriving in its natural habitat.  This open mic, recorded on March 18, 2010 at The Pump House Regional Arts Center, is filled with the strong, the strange and the pure strombolic elements of poetic achievement.  Featuring National Poetry Series winner, William Stobb; Ruth Lily Prize winner, David Krump; and a cast of characters culled from the students and faculties of Viterbo University and The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, this program is sure to tickle the teleportation unit of the muse.  Give a listen and a half.  Yours, clear, cold and fire-brewed, Irving Toast.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100502 - Glenn Watt

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glenn watt

Glenn Watt is one of those outstanding American voices living right amongst you.  His poetry has the warbling, liquid clarity of a rare songbird I'm not informed enough to give a name to.  He could, though.  He walks among the filtered light of branches and the trill of the songbirds on a daily basis, and these things form a vibration or a pulse in his writing.  

Author of a chapbook, Glad Music (The Contemporary Review, 1996), and contributor to magazines such as Passages North, The MacGuffin, The Iowa Source and others, Glenn Watt has a small collection of poems forthcoming in the anthology, This Enduring Gift.  He lives in Fairfield.

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100509 - Rustin Larson

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linguineThe true measure of one's success as a poet is not the size of the auditorium in which one reads, nor the poshness of the hotel room, nor the size of the paycheck; it is instead measured by the size and quality of the linguine one is served, and whether or not it comes with a salad and breadsticks.

This is the third installment of the La Crosse trilogy: my (Rustin Larson's) reading at The Pump House Regional Arts Center on the evening of March 18, 2010.  What a night!  Up against Willie Nelson, who was performing in an auditorium about a block away, I still managed to draw together a nice gathering.  And afterwards there was ... LINGUINE!  La Crosse, I love you!

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BREAKING NEWS

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100516 - Keith Ratzlaff

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Keith Ratzlaff

Keith Ratzlaff's books of poetry are Dubious Angels: Poems after Paul Klee; Man Under A Pear Tree; and Across The Known World. His awards include the 1996 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is Professor of English at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he teaches writing and literature.

His most recent book published by Anhinga Press was Then, a Thousand Crows (2009).

Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100523 - Stephen Oliver

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Stephen OliverStephen Oliver is the author of fifteen titles of poetry. His work has appeared in innumerable international literary publications. A number of his creative non fiction works feature in Antipodes, A North American Journal of Australian literature.

Stephen has lived in Paris, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Greece and Israel. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Freelanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, announcer, voice actor, vocal coach, journalist, radio producer, copy and feature writer. Lived in Australia for the last two decades. Currently resides in NZ .

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Richard RobbinsRichard Robbins was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied as an undergraduate with Glover Davis and Carolyn Forché at San Diego State University, and as a graduate student with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess Gallagher at the University of Montana. His first collection, The Invisible Wedding, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 1984 as part of its Breakthrough Series. This was followed by Famous Persons We Have Known, published in 2000 by Eastern Washington University Press, and The Untested Hand, released in 2008 by The Backwaters Press. Radioactive City was published by Bellday Books in 2009.

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Steve and Reefka

Steven P. Schneider is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas-Pan American, where he also serves as Director of New Programs and Special Projects for the College of Arts and Humanities. Steven is a founding member of the South Texas Literacy Coalition in the Rio Grande Valley and is the recipient of two Big Read grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has used the "Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives" traveling exhibit to promote the teaching of culturally relevant literature and creativity. Steven offers a variety of workshops on these topics to both high school and college students and teachers.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100718 - Amy MacLennan

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Amy MacLennanAmy MacLennan grew up on the peninsula south of San Francisco, and she now makes her home in Oregon's Rogue Valley. Amy received a Master of Arts in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She has appeared at the Petaluma Poetry Walk, the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, the Art & Soul Festival's Oakland Literature Expo, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Looking Glass Books and Broadway Books in Portland, the Sacramento Poetry Center and Cody’s Books in Berkeley. Amy has taught poetry workshops through the Sequoia Adult School. She is currently the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review. One of her poems is featured as a downloadable broadside by Broadsided Press. She has also been published or has poems forthcoming in River Styx, Hayden's Ferry Review, Linebreak, Rattle, Wisconsin Review, Folio, South Dakota Review, Cimarron Review, and Gingko Tree Review.

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This Enduring GiftA live broadcast featuring the creator and contributors of this "glowing, historically important anthology of poets who live, or have lived, in Fairfield, Iowa."

THIS ENDURING GIFT, selected and introduced by Freddy Fonseca, features a total of 76 poets and is arranged in 16 chapters covering these topics:

Chapter 1: The Poetry of Remembrance and Renewal

Chapter 2: The Poetry of Nature, the Cosmos, and the Soul

Chapter 3: The Poetry of Mysteries and Imagination — View introduction

Chapter 4: The Poetry of Whimsicality and Simple Things

Chapter 5: The Poetry of Darkness and the Eerie Nocturnal

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Sharon Bousquet

It was a blast having Sharon Bousquet in the studio, hearing her new poems (which totally kick the proverbial @#$%, by the way) and hearing her mesmerizing way with the guitar and voice. New poems, new songs, great company. Grab a scone and a cup of coffee and tune in to some fine music AND poetry, and find out what Sharon has been up to lately.

Sharon Bousquet is an award-winning songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist, and a seminar leader of The Singing Body – a system combining yoga, singing, breath and integrative movement to free your natural voice.


With 5 CDs to her credit spanning a stylistic range from contemporary folk to pop to bluesy a cappella rants, Bousquet's work continues to deepen and reward repeat listening.

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100822 - Helene Cardona

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Helene CardonaI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Helene Cardona for my KRUU radio show, Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost. Not only is Helene a fine poet, you've also seen her on-screen in popular movies like CHOCOLAT. Tune in  to hear this fascinating interview.

- 20100905 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - John Mella

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LightJOHN MELLA came up through the ranks of the littles in the sixties and seventies (CAROLINA QUARTERLY, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, CHICAGO REVIEW), culminating in a flurry of awards from the Illinois Arts Council and the publication, in 1976, of a novel, TRANSFORMATIONS. Having made his tiny splash, he vanished within it, emerging only to field such arcane as an an article on printed spoonerisms and another on Canto Three of Nabokov’s PALE FIRE. He constructed crosswords impossible of solution. Ennui gripped him. To appease his indolence, he commenced publication of a lexicographical newsletter. It, too, found its way into the Lethean Library. Sanity beckoned. In 1992, over egg-rolls and some very palatable pot-stickers, at a luncheon with his long-enduring mother, the sunlight glancing among the jumbled cutlery, LIGHT was born.


 

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John Fitzgerald

 

John FitzGerald is an attorney for the disabled who writes in every spare moment. His three books of poetry are Spring Water (Turning Point, 2005), Telling Time by the  Shadows (Turning Point, 2008), and The Mind (Salmon  Poetry, 2011).

John also contributed to the anthology Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry, 2010).


John has worked as Development Director for Red Hen Press and as the Associate Book Editor for Cider Press Review.

 

Here are some links to his work:

3 poems at Moonday:
Precision
Descended of Thieves
Tooth Fairy
http://home.earthlink.net/~pero/john-m-fitzgerald.html

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Just as it says, it's part one of the party to launch Raven Garland's new website:


off the pageStarts off with Bill Godfrey telling me all about life and poetry.  Not to be missed.  


Then there are the noises of people eating food stuffs that all begin with the letter "P."  Peppermint Patties, Pineapples, you get the idea.  


And then Raven speaks and a whole slew of poets reads.  This will not all be done in one episode, so tune in at a later date (TBA) to hear the rest.

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Naomi Shihab NyeI had the great honor of interviewing one of my all-time favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. [Click read more below.]

- 20101024 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Susan Klauber

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Join Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost in a visit with Susan Klauber.

Susan Klauberabout the author:

Susan Klauber, a Sudbury, Ontario native who has lived and travelled around the world (North & S. America, Europe, India) has always been drawn by the power of foreign cultures to broaden her understanding of life. Since 1983, she has been based in Fairfield, Iowa where she writes and pursues her interest in creating a better world through spiritual development.

Blue Light Press published her first book of poetry and prose, Face-off at Center Ice in 1996. Susan’s prose and poetry have appeared in the Harcourt Canada textbook Elements of English 11, in the journals The MacGuffin, Poetry Motel, The Iowa Source, Contemporary Review, and in the anthologies Eclipsed Moon Coins: Twenty-Six Visionary Poets, The Dryland Fish, and the newly released This Enduring Gift.

Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab NyeI had the great honor of interviewing one of my all-time favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.  This interview will air Sunday, October 3 at 10:30 am and Monday, October 4 at 1:30 pm on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, KRUU-LP 100.1 FM, http://kruufm.com.

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. [Click read more below.]

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Marvin Bell

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- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Marvin Bell, Part Two

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- 20110605 - Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - Annie Finch

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round top

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the big shoeNaomi Shihab Nye introduces the reading:  Fairfield's Rustin Larson, Poetry at Round Top Festival, May 5, 2012.

Reginald Gibbons at Round Top, May 2012

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blue vaseReginald Gibbons' blog posts at
Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts

Cyrus Cassells at Round Top Poetry Festival, May 2012

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Round TopCyrus Cassells

b. 1957

Poet and translator Cyrus Cassells was born in 1957 in Delaware and earned a BA from Stanford University. Cassells is the author of a number of collections of poetry, including the National Poetry Series winning The Mud Actor (1982),Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994), which won the William Carlos Williams Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Beautiful Signor (1997), which won a Lambda Literary Award, More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004), and The Crossed-Out Swastika (2012). A book of his translations of the Catalan poet Francesc Parcerisas, Still Life With Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, is forthcoming.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Ed Madden at Round Top Poetry Festival, May 2012

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Ed Ed MaddenMadden

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Ed Madden is a poet, political activist, and associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina. He grew up in Newport, Arkansas, got his B.A. from nearby Harding University, and received his Ph.D.

Ken Fontenot

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Ken Fontenot

Ken Fontenot

Books:

All My Animals & Stars (Slough Press, 1989), After the Days of Miami (Longmeasure Press, 1980)

Journals:

American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Southern Review

Susie Niedermeyer and Care Connet

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Poetry at MUM Library

Friday, October 19th, North Lounge, 7:30 pm

 

 

M i n d M o v i e : A Walk to the Post Office

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Mind Movie

WINGBEATS

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A panel discussing a new book of poetry prescriptions: Wingbeats.  Round Top, Texas, May 2012.

GRANDPA'S NOSE

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Radio Anthology

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Dam Bar Roadshow

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The Gods from Outer Space

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Craig Deininger Reads "Perhaps the Aliens"

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SPAGHETTI REMIX ON TOAST

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Pattiann Rogers - Poets in the Zoos

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