western author http://mtpr.net en "Clark Rockefeller" Fools Seasoned Journalist http://mtpr.net/post/clark-rockefeller-fools-seasoned-journalist <p><span class="piece-description-lead">Walter Kirn talks about and reads from his memoir <a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780871404510" target="_blank">Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade</a></span>.</p><p><strong>About the Book:</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Chérie Newman 17693 at http://mtpr.net "Clark Rockefeller" Fools Seasoned Journalist Flood Song http://mtpr.net/post/flood-song <p>He wanted to hold back gas-soaked doves with a questioning glance;<br />he wanted the clock to tick, downwind from this gavel and pew,<br />from this leash, bucket, drainpipe, and mildewed cracker,<br />from the mind's muddy swan served on a platter with lemon rids,<br />from spiders scurrying over its bone-polished surface,<br />from crosshatches punched into its shredded time card,<br />from the desert near the tree line where the molting must have begun,<br />where crushed bodies heave warm, jellylife,<br />in the thicket at the foot of the wandering, Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:13:57 +0000 Sherwin Bitsui 17615 at http://mtpr.net Flood Song "The Moment" http://mtpr.net/post/moment <p>In those days, Betty Crocker<br />always called for sifted flour, and so<br />in homes across America, women sifted.<br />When my mother's mother turned<br />the wobbly red knob, hulls and stones<br />jumped in the wire basket,<br />but by my mother's time<br />the flour was fine—<br />now women sifted to achieve<br />precision, purity, perfection.<br />It made the white flour whiter.<br />Then flour came in bags,<br />already sifted, and women stopped<br />making their own cakes and bread,<br />and didn't have time anyway<br />for sifting. But for a flicker Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Jane Hilberry 16196 at http://mtpr.net "The Moment" "Spring" http://mtpr.net/post/spring <p>Five first crocuses burst into bird-brilliant bloom<br />and suddenly everything flies: behind a car<br />ascraps of paper rise, two from a flock, startled dumb.<br />Some lives begin in abstraction; others end there.<br />If I find the child's fist this universe bloomed from<br />I will close it again as my own five fingers,<br />say worlds as one sentence, fit them into a name<br />for gold overwhelming finches, feather by feather.<br />With leaves returned, we still hear birds bu see them now<br />only when they fly. It's hard to see anything, Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:42:00 +0000 H. L. Hix 16211 at http://mtpr.net "Spring" "Birds of a Feather" http://mtpr.net/post/birds-feather <p>Each spring the hummingbirds hover<br />over the same place on my patio<br />Where twenty-four years ago hung<br />a red plastic feeder filled with sugar water<br /><br />Four or five fowl generations later<br />through some unfathomable feat<br />these offspring flutter wings over<br />empty air in worship of this sacred spot<br /><br />And I wonder if my great grandparents<br />fed off the magnificence of the Rio Grande<br />Where it divides New Mexican high desert<br />Blood of Christ Mountains on one side<br />and burnt amber sunset on the other<br /> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Ellaraine Lockie 13605 at http://mtpr.net "Birds of a Feather" Badluck Way, the Story of a Man, a Wolf, and Their Ultimate Collision http://mtpr.net/post/badluck-way-story-man-wolf-and-their-ultimate-collision <p>Bryce Andrews<span class="piece-description-lead"> talks about his decision to move to a cattle ranch in Montana and about the memoir he wrote about his experiences there, <a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9781476710839">Badluck Way</a>. He also reads two passages from the book.</span></p><p><strong>About the Book:</strong></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:33:00 +0000 Chérie Newman 16377 at http://mtpr.net Badluck Way, the Story of a Man, a Wolf, and Their Ultimate Collision "Emerald" http://mtpr.net/post/emerald <p>Unbidden, a green memory<br />sprang forth, so overwhelming<br />in its clarity, it leapt across<br />three quarters of a century:<br />I stood before a counter-top<br />of jewelry, eye height, beside<br />my father who had brought me to<br />that "five and dime" store in the Bronx.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Among the many rings displayed,<br />one gleaming emerald shone there<br />surpassing all the rest, and, firmly set<br />within a silver band, it was on sale<br />just for one dollar that my father<br />told the saleslady I'd saved. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Robert Pack 16207 at http://mtpr.net "Emerald" "Love Letters" http://mtpr.net/post/love-letters <p>Wow!<br />was written in the dust<br />on the beside table.<br /><br />The dawn and I blushed together<br />as your spurs<br />chinged<br />around the kitchen<br />as you started the fire.<br /><br />I stretched full length<br />on the cool smoothness<br />of the sheets,<br /><br />a kept woman<br />a woment longer.<br /><br />Within an hour's time<br />we'll be ahorseback<br />in a long trot<br />to some distant blue mountain<br />hunting cows.<br /><br />I'll carry your message<br />close<br />knowing there will come a day<br />I would give a year of my life<br />for that...<br />Wow!</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:12:42 +0000 Linda Hussa 15961 at http://mtpr.net "Love Letters" Blythe Woolston's Novel Chronicles YA Terrorist http://mtpr.net/post/blythe-woolstons-novel-chronicles-ya-terrorist <p>During this program Chérie Newman talks with Billings, Montana, author Blythe Woolston about her new novel for young adult readers, <a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780763661465" target="_blank">Black Helicopters</a>. First question:&nbsp; "Why was terrorism an idea you wanted to explore with your writing?"</p><p><strong>From the publisher:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:16:00 +0000 Chérie Newman 15728 at http://mtpr.net Blythe Woolston's Novel Chronicles YA Terrorist Pigs, Poems, and the Purpose of Farming http://mtpr.net/post/pigs-poems-and-purpose-farming <p><span class="piece-description-lead">During this program, Josh Slotnick talks about the art of farming, pigs, and his new poetry collection, <a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780931053627" target="_blank">FarmHome</a>. He also reads a few poems. </span></p><p><strong>About the book:</strong></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:13:21 +0000 Chérie Newman 15536 at http://mtpr.net Pigs, Poems, and the Purpose of Farming