The 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!