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PavementMy lyric/narrative "Pavement" with a new layer of background sounds: pavement sounds like cars and motorcycles whizzing down D street, boids choiping and other onsets of nightness. Crickety-crickety, spickety, boo! ZOOM! Bang! Woo-woo, chuggah-chuggah! Sweet and Sour! YUM!



It is raining in Des

Moines, September.

We disembark and the

bus gasps and pulls

away. We are pulling

open the door of the

“Oriental Market.” At the

HoneyIt seems our beloved station mascot, Honey, has been putting paw to pen lately. This offering was found under a blue beach towel on her favorite perch: 


The radio man swings
the microphone close
to announce The Classical Hour.
So many amazing things,
he says; new planets born,
pain free, free for the thinking.
The train sounds its horn;
birds jump from the tower;
the world is so on the brink.
Who has turned on a radio?
The man laughs and says
exactly what he thinks.

Honey also says, "Support KRUU with your tax-deductible donation!" Good idea. It might inspire more doggerel (ho-ho!). Oh, and tune in Irving Toast Poetry, Ghost on Sunday at 10:30 am (Monday, 1:30 pm) and see what happens why don't ya?

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.

Mark Cox

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.

Peg SimoneA new gathering of poets and musicians graces the airwaves for this special Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, “Radianthology #2.”

PEG SIMONE, based out of NYC has several releases under her belt including the most recent "The Deeper You Get". She has toured throughout the UK and plays regularly in NYC.
Peg is also a guitarist in Jonathan Kane's February. Her upcoming release due in the Fall of 2009 will be released on Table of the Elements. Peg has collaborated with Jonathan Kane to record their version of the old blues song When The Levee Breaks by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy. The album will have a conceptual narrative throughout with two of the pieces based on stories written by Holly Anderson and another based on a Harry Crews novel. Additionally, Peg also works with Chris Becker for their project Silver Threads. More information can be found at

Coming soon: Nationally renowned poet, MARVIN BELL paid a visit to the KRUU studios recently, and we will play his fascinating interview with host Rustin Larson on May 31!


Annie FinchAnnie Finch is the author of several books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars (shorlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award), The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and the forthcoming Among the Goddesses: An Epic Poem and Libretto.She is also the author of the definitive translation of the Complete Poems of Renaissance poet Louise Labé. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, textbooks, and journals including Agni, Prairie Schooner, Fulcrum, Kenyon Review, Hudson Review, Partisan Review, Yale Review, and Paris Review. Her music, art, and theater collaborations include two operas.

National Poetry Month


Let's pretend it's still April and visit the second half of the National Poetry Month Celebration! Reading in order: Bill Graeser, Freddy Niagara Fonseca, Kaeli Ferguson, Rustin Larson, Ken Chawkin and Viktor Tichy.

You all get a nice custard tart and a yummy cup of tea for listening.

Up next week: An interview with poet, Annie Finch!

poets at workJoin host Rustin Larson and poets Joy Lyle, Suzanne Vesely, Hiam Menashehoff and Viktor Tichy in this dynamic, head-on tackling of National Poetry Month, April, 2009. You weren't there, but The Ghost was, and whoaaaa, Nelly! What smash-mouth poetic action on the grid iron of metaphor, melody and mind motion! And this is only the first half! After a refreshing halftime performance of some nifty baton twirling, we'll be ready for part deux! Hold on to the chip dip, there's more to come!

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). 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.

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.

Belinda’s own writing has grown to span a vast array of subjects, styles and publications. She has traveled in over 20 countries, lived in Europe for 6 years and was part of an East Indian family for 22 years. These cross-cultural experiences often inform her work as well as her experiences as a Registered Nurse. These days her poetry, stories, and art can be found in hundreds of journals, reviews, anthologies, books and chapbooks. Since 1994 her archives are housed at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in the Center for Southwest Research.

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