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
-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.
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."
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!).