Friday, January 27, 2006

The Literary Cafe June 2005 Show

The Literary Cafe June 2005
In honor of Father's Day, this edition of The Literary Cafe' was dedicated to my father, Kansas City jazz musician, Jim Buckley. This show also honored another Kansas City native and father, Calvin Trillin, with an excerpt from Family Man.
You can read more about this recording, and Calvin Trillin at

The Literary Cafe May 2005 Show

The Literary Cafe May 2005
The May show featured local author Wendy French, whose newly released book, Going Coastal has received many great reviews. Wendy joined me in the studio to discuss writing, her novels, rejection and her future, which is certain to be shining. Her first book s'Mothering, is a gem, and Going Coastal promises to follow in those footsteps. You can find more information about Wendy French, and her books and appearances on her website,
Seattle author Waverly Fitzgerald also graciously allowed me to read her piece, The Rejection Game. Visit Waverly's website at
Many thanks to Wendy French and Waverly Fitzgerald

The Literary Cafe April 2005 Show

April 2005 Literary Cafe Radio Show
The April 2005 show was dedicated to poetry and the poets who craft them, in honor of National Poetry Month. The featured poet of the show was Ilya Kaminsky, award winning poet and author of the chapbook Musica Humana, and his first full-length book Dancing in Odessa.
Another poet featured on this show was Southern writer, poet and radio professional Wayne Cain. Fellow KMUN programmer David Paul read the following poem written by Wayne Cain. It is a perfect example of alliteration
in poetry:
Larry Talbot's Night on the Town
for Lon Cheney, Jr.
The pull of the moon
explodes inside my head
like a silver beam
madness, madness.
Your screams rolling like sighs
across my pointed ears,
mixing with the howls
my brothers raise
like gypsy bullets
fired into the ivory
heart of darkness.
I smell your blood.
It perfumes the night.
This poem can be read in Southeastern Louisiana State's Outside the Lines, along with a sampling of more excellent works by other Louisiana writers, and an additional poem by Wayne Cain entitled Heather in Flight.
Also featured on this April show was New York attorney and poet Simon Perckik. His essay entitled Magic, Illusion and Other Realities was also read by David Paul. View that essay on his website at
Finally, on this show, one more excellent piece on the craft of writing poetry, and the importance of Chopin's works for all poets especially was a highlight. You can read Al Rocheleau's wonderful essay, Poetry As Music, Music As Poetry here on the website of the Rose and Thorn E-zine.
Many thanks to Wayne Cain, David Paul, Simon Perckik, Al Rocheleau,
and The Rose and Thorn Ezine. Consider checking out the books and
brilliance of Ilya Kaminsk, Musica Humana and Dancing in Odessa.