The Write Question

Student Response
5:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

"A Letter From The Hugo Residing In My Mind"

Richard Hugo

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Monday Poems
7:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

"Black Wolf"

He sits up in the snow,
raises his head
and howls.
No-one knows where
he came from.
Behind him the alpha female
of the Agate Pack
cuts of his shadow.
It's a Harlequin romance,
domestic drama,
unfathomable mystery.

They tell us
the old packs
are broken,
new ones reforming.
Some have died.

He stretches his neck.
I see his fangs flash.
He is so black
snow and air glitter
an aura about him.
The gray female, prone,
is a steady presence.

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Nonfiction
6:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Tarantulas With Cricket Salad: It's What's For Dinner

David G. Gordon explains why we should be eating bugs and talks about some of the recipes in his book, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin.

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Monday Poems
10:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

"Five Bars at the High Spot"

Credit Haley Young

It worked like this:
we clung to our telephones,
searching for clearance.
I rang for you over the river.
All water goes slant
to the place you need
most: mouth, sea, tributary,
and then into books
we love.

So you answered. “Hello,
great signal, wild scenery.”
We craved the high spots
and now you’d said it
up on the ledge of perfection
phone activated, scene made.

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Student Response
3:53 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Response To Norman Maclean's 'Young Men and Fire'

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific programs, which, if students have done their homework assignments, they've listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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The Write Question
6:08 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Emily Dickinson And Psyche Influence Novel Set In The American West

Bruce Holbert talks about his new novel, The Hour of Lead. He also explains how the Myth of the West damages human relationships and why the bad guys still get the girls.

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Monday Poems
6:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

"American Nightmares"

(To the American False Dream)

America is
at the door
Soldiers are knocking
asking plitely:
Can we kill you?

America is suicidal
when the streets are empty
America is a bottle of alcohol
in the lonely playgrounds

America is a bloodstain
on Kabul's children's clothes

America cooks meth through gun barrels!

America, why don't you love me?
America, why are your legs shaking?
Do you know hyow the long-bearded men feel at night?
Do you know how many teenages have stopped hoping?

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Fiction
9:01 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Tim O'Brien: How To Tell A True Story

Tim O'Brien talks about his ever-popular novel 'The Things They Carried and describes the difference between literal truth and story truth. He also talks about writing as art and reads a passage from the book.

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Monday Poems
11:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

"The Milltown Union Bar"

Richard Hugo

for Harold Herndon

(Laundromat & Cafe)
You could love here, not the lovely goat
in plexiglass nor the elk shot
in the middle of a joke, but honest drunks,
crossed swords above the bar, three men hung
in the bad painting, others riding off
on the phony green horizon. The owner,
fresh from orphan wars, loves too
but bad as you. He keeps improving things
but can't cut the bodies down.

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Native American
6:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Beyond Sherman Alexie

Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol. I

During this program, four Montana Indian authors talk about their stories published in Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol. I.

Sherman Alexie is not the only American Indian writer. Nor does the experience of one Indian represent the experiences of all Natives living in urban areas and reservations across the U.S.

That point of view, plus insights into American Indian culture and tribal differences, is part of the discussion during this program.

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