Archive of Irivng Toast, Poetry Ghost

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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:

- Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20080706 - Mark Cox

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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