My New Book – Update


The Wine-Dark House is my new book of poetry, recently released by

Blue Light Press through 1st World Publishing.  I'm so pleased and

honored Diane Frank selected my book for publication.   Many, many thanks,



Awesome comments on the book jacket.  Just gotta share:


Rustin Larson is courageous in that he is not willing to take refuge

in the ordinary. His poetry has been described as "stylistically

diverse," but as this comprehensive collection demonstrates, the

style of his work is not applied as a matter of form; rather, it is

derived from the nature of the poems themselves. So the reader's

experience is one of wholeness, of the seamless expression of style,

idea, imagery, emotion, and message. I read a lot of poetry, and

believe me, it has been pure pleasure to immerse myself in 

The Wine


-Dark House.

 -James A. Autry


The Wine-Dark House is a triumph by Rustin Larson. The poems are

evocative and finely wrought, brimming with detailed, sensual images

and delicately crafted lines. The poet leads us gently, yet with a

firm purpose, on a tour of shadowed memory, both distant and more

recent, that explores memory's hard truth. Yet, with patience, he

leads us to the seductive comforts of memory. The poems entertain

with an informed point of view. They always have that "click" close

readers need to beckon them back for a second and third sampling of

their writer's careful and rigorous craft.

 -Michael Carrino


With consummate skill, inspired wit, and a rare compassion, the

poems of The Wine-Dark House  observe, reflect, and startle,

reminding us of the necessary human endeavor to both honor and

challenge the occasions of our daily lives. At once courageously

personal and generously universal, the compelling poetry of Rustin

Larson embodies ". . . an accumulation of hungers / as old as fire."

 -Walter Butts


Rustin Larson is a terrific, elegant, original poet whose voice

rings so truly we become better people just by reading him.

 -Naomi Shihab Nye


Copies of my book are now available at Revelations Bookstore (thank you, ladies!) and at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City (thank you, Jan!).