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Monday Poems
10:42 am
Mon October 21, 2013

"We Are the Spirits of These Bones"

Poems Across the Big Sky: An Anthology of Montana Poets

We have been with these bones
for a long time
and we are beginning to feel
a whole lot better now
that these bones are back among the Cheyenne people on their Reservation.

But we are troubled for another reason.
We want to travel on
now that these bones are safely buried.
They have now been properly put to rest.

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Fiction
10:25 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bigfork Writer Creates New Mystery Series

Death Al Dente, a mystery novel by Leslie Budewitz

Bigfork, Montana, author Leslie Budewitz talks about and reads from Death Al Dente, the first book in her new Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series.

About the Book:

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Monday Poems
10:03 am
Mon October 14, 2013

"October Aspens"

To Love That Well: Selected and New Poems by Robert Pack

I see pale yellow aspen leaves
along the shaded background mountainside
which quake and quiver in the slightest wind
as if they are determined to maintain
their named identity in bold defiance
of the seasons' change to duller hues—
and share their mood of glum diminishing.
         So what is it about this momentary glow
of quaking yellow aspen leaves,
waving along white-grayish boughs,
accompanied by shrieking crows,
cascading under purple clouds,
that suddenly evoke in me a shudder
for all transient breathing things:

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Fiction
2:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Shawn Vestal's Godforsaken Idaho is Populated with Mormons

Godforsaken Idaho: Stories, by Shawn Vestal

During the program Shawn Vestal talks about and reads from his collection of stories titled 'Godforsaken Idaho.'

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Monday Poems
11:37 am
Mon October 7, 2013

"Magic Fox"

Riding the Earthboy 40: poems, by James Welch

They shook the green leaves down,
those men that rattled
in their sleep. Truth became
a nightmare to their fox.
He turned their horses into fish,
or was it horses strung
like fish, or fish like fish
hung naked in the wind?

Stars fell upon their catch.
A girl, not yet twenty-four
but blonde as morning birds, began
a dance that drew the men in
green around her skirts.
In dust her magic jangled memories
of dawn, till fox and grief
turned nightmare in their sleep.

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The 2013 Montana Festival of the Book
8:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Bait For Bookworms in Downtown Missoula, Oct.10-12

Sunday, October 6th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with Kim Anderson, Associate Director for Programs at Humanities Montana, and Cherie Newman, producer of  MTPR's "The Write Question," about the 14th Annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, October 10 - 12, 2013, in downtown Missoula.

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Literary Essays
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Melissa Kwasny Explores Image and Vision in the Non-Human World

Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision, by Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny talks about her book Earth Recitals: Essays of Image & Vision, and about how reflecting on the images we see in the outer, nonhuman, world can stimulate human creative imagination and enhance our everyday lives.

About the book:

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Monday Poems
10:32 am
Mon September 30, 2013

"Storm Pattern"

Storm Pattern, poetry by Greg Pape

On my living room wall hangs a Navajo rug
handwoven by Virginia Yazzie. A Storm Pattern
with a black and white border, through which
the spirit line passes, a design like silhouettes

of mesas on the Colorado Plateau. Within the border
it's red, Ganado red, with black and white
figures, the sacred water bugs, the mountains
and the clouds, and the intersecting lightning bolts

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Crime Fiction
6:38 am
Wed September 25, 2013

James Lee Burke's 'Light of the World' Illuminates Evil

Light of the World, a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke talks about his new Dave Robicheaux crime novel, Light of the World. He also reads a passage from the book and drops a few hints about his next novel.

From the publisher:

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

"Sometimes Odowan"

Dragonfly Weather, poems by Lois Red Elk
Credit Lost Horse Press

Sometimes when I sleep,
I hear buffalo coming,
Sometimes when I sleep,
Tatanka sings me songs.
Hey yo hey yaaaaah.

Sometimes when I dream,
I see dragonflies flying.
Sometimes when I dream,
Tusweca sings me songs.
Hey ya hey yaaaah.

Sometimes when I wake,
I feel the earth moving.
Sometimes when I wake,
Maka Unci sings me songs.
Hey ya hey yaaaaah.

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