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Tom KeplerFairfielder, MSAE English teacher, and outstanding poet, Tom Kepler, will read and discuss his soon-to-be book, Bare Ruined Choirs, with host Rustin Larson on the next installment of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost.

Tom says of his interview (from his blog): "It was a fun and interesting experience. For most of my life I have been a writer, but it has been many years since I have conversed with writers about writing. I found myself articulating concepts that I believe but have never explicitly expressed.

In many ways, the interview was similar to writing this blog. It gave me the opportunity to think about what I write and why I write.

For myself, it was most interesting to discuss the relationship between autobiographical writing and art. I found myself discussing the idea that real art extends beyond the historical self and reaches for the transcendental--our "total" selves, one might say. This is where artbegins, when the artist leaves behind the point value self and focuses on the unbounded self--seeing the spiritual within the physical, seeing the soul beyond the mind.

This discussion connects to what I call consciousness-based writing, writing that inspires the reader to seek the transcendental basis of reality, writing that celebrates the spiritual.

Steven SchneiderSteven P. Schneider's October reading at MUM Library will be broadcast in two parts on Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost. The first installment will air Sunday, November 8th at 10:30 am (replay Monday at 1:30 pm), and the second part will be broadcast Sunday, November 15th at 10:30 am (replay Monday at 1:30 pm).

Steven P. Schneider lives in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and is Professor of English and Director of New Programs and Special Projects for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas-Pan American. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. His poems and essays have been published in national and international literary journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Tikkun, Judaism, and The Literary Review.

HeatherHeather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and Greg Orr. She went on to earn her M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her first book, entitled "Each End of the World", was a collection of poetry about the war in Bosnia in the 1990's and was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2005. Her second collection, entitled "The Bride Minaret" was published at University of Akron Press.

Please join Heather and Irving Toast's host Rustin Larson on the next installment of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost, Sunday, November 1 at 10:30 am and Monday, November 2 at 1:30 pm.



Irving Toast's host Rustin Larson has been featured in an issue of Pirene's Fountain Click here to read an interview with Rustin and to see a folio of writing from his books Crazy Star and The Wine-Dark House.

honey & james
James Edward Moore. Introduced by Irving Toast's good spirit-world buddy, Albertino Alma Spaghetti:  Link in to some soaring, lyrical guitar work by everyone's favorite KRUU station manager.
I have plans for this sequence, like weaving in the man reading some of his poems at transitional moments.
But for now, let's appreciate the music from the land of sky blue waters, and, as John Lennon once said, "Imagine."

unexpected guestsUnexpected Guests

Steven Schneider's Poems of Clarity & Vision

by Rustin Larson

Is 1st World Publishing becoming known as an imprint for high quality poetry? Let’s look at the recent track record.

As stated above. Sunday at 10:30 am and Monday at 1:30 pm.

New shows coming soon!

Mousumi Dey talks about Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and reads his
poems in Bengali and sings some songs he wrote. She also plays a
recording of Tagore reading some of his own work. Event took place at
Maharishi University library.einstein and tagore

Under a Prairie Moon

In Under a Prairie Moon, Susie Niedermeyer doesn't so much observe the natural world as experience it flowing through herself. In a poetic voice that is at once down-to-earth and visionary, she explores inner and outer landscapes as they intersect and shape one another. Many of these poems are rooted in close, delicate observation of plant and animal life in the rural Midwest and are animated by the poet's acute sensitivity to the life within her and abroad. These poems carry the weight and the wisdom of lived experience: how memories accumulate in individual lives and cast their shadows on the present; how illumination and understanding can come suddenly, in a moment. These are poems of promise and regret, of fulfillment and loss, of love and longing, written by a poet who knows that "From all our moments something / must remain" ("Advent of Autumn") and yet also that the earth continues "huge against the smallness / of our passing" ("Amigo"). There are special moments here when individual being expands and there is no separation between observer and observed, whether under the vastness of a night sky or at the edge of waters, or in moments when the poet falls "deep into the quiet of trees" ("Home") or knows that couched within all things is an effulgent light. There are reminders here of Mary Oliver and Denise Levertov; these poems speak gently, with a fine intelligence, of a life reflected on by a woman who can feel, on a winter evening, "the body of the earth / Becoming my body, filled / with quiet stars and snow" ("Night Vision"). - Bryan Aubrey, Ph.D. Author of Watchmen of Eternity: Blake's Debt to Jacob Boehme

aerosondRecorded near a lonely stretch of road in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1986, based on a comic book based on a book by Erik Von Daniken, performed with the aplomb of a schizophrenic Orson Wells, it is the radio drama, "The Gods from Outer Space!!!" Join Chatt, Iyce and Raub as they explore the strange Blue Planet, and get reports about eerie happenings with tea bags on the Don Shula Expressway in Miami. All this on the next episode of Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost!

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