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patriciaPatricia Fargnoli was, until W.E. Butts' recent appointment, poet laureate of New Hampshire. Irving Toast proudly rebroadcasts her interview.

When Women Went Downtown

The city was brick and stone in the time
before glass and steel. In those days
the city was streets of women.
They climbed down from buses
in seal skin, navy straw hats stuck with pearl drop pins,
their double-knotted Red Cross shoes,
clutching black cowhide purses, leading the children.

They lunched in tea rooms
on chicken-a-la-king and quartered sandwiches
but never wine--and never with men.
Rising in the smoky air,
their voices blended--silver striking off silver.
They haunted book rental booths,
combed aisles of threads and zippers,


Poet Laureate Appointed by the New Hampshire Governor and Council.

Walter E. Butts, Manchester

March 22, 2009 to March 22, 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Walter E. Butts is the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. His work has been published in such literary journals as The Atlanta Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, Slant, PoetryMotel, Poet Lore and Spillway and anthologized in Emerson of Harvard (2003), Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway (P&Q Press, New York), and The Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (1997)

Mary Swander Named Poet Laureate of State of Iowa


Mary Swander, Distinguished Professor of English

Governor Chet Culver appointed Mary Swander as Iowa’s new Poet Laureate. Swander will serve a two-year appointment as the state’s symbolic leader of poetry. As Poet Laureate, Swander will deliver poems at official Iowa public events at the invitation of the Governor.

Watt, Graeser and Larson


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.

Just about when their careers
hit stride,

they die. No one else around, at 59 they groom

themselves and grin, showing their teeth to the mirror,

Rustin LarsonWatt, 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:



His life. His music. His tomb of days and weeks.

Floyd Skloot

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.

His fifteen books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), A World of Light (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); the poetry collections The Evening Light (Story Line Press, 2001), Approximately Paradise (Tupelo Press, 2005), The End of Dreams (Louisiana State University Press, 2006), Selected Poems: 1970-2005 (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Snow's Music (Louisiana State University Press, 2008); and the novels Summer Blue (Story Line Press, 1994) and Patient 002 (Rager Media, 2007).

The Wandering Philosopher Poets of the Long ShadowA classic rebroadcast this Sunday and Monday (Suzanne Frischkorn).

However, The Ghost will be recording at the MUM Library this Thursday night. Come on out and make some noise, because:

The Wandering Philosopher Poets of the Long Shadow Ride Again, 8 pm, Thursday, February 12th at the MUM Library!

Out of the waving wheat of the Western plains come the silhouettes of three tall dark riders (Bill Graeser, Rustin Larson and Glenn Watt), their horses, their lariats, their lunch boxes, and a large travel cooler filled with POETRY. Join the gents for another evening of jollity and enjoyment, free of charge.

Lucille Morgan Wilson is the editor of Lyrical Iowa and has been involved with the Iowa Poetry Association for a quarter of a century. She speaks with host Rustin Larson about the history of Lyrical Iowa, The Iowa Poetry Association, and this year's poetry contest. Rules are printed below:
64th Annual Contest

General Rules For All Divisions


divoky fish
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.

"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

Karin Gottshall“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.

Poet Mark Doty has praised “Crocus” and said, “Karin Gottshall’s debut is fresh and bracing as a new snow; she weds a tender regard for the world of things to just enough disenchantment to make that love feel real. These poems understand that the will to join ourselves to the world sits right beside the desire to fly above and away from it.” A reviewer for Publishers Weekly wrote, “‘Crocus’ turns the ordinary interior worlds created by myth, art and memory into the extraordinary.”

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