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Take this blood song

Show #115 on November 15, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the searingly beautiful poetry of Michael Schmeltzer and pays a musical tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen.

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Show #114 on November 1, 2016…In which Mr. Bear raises ghosts with beautiful work by Brittany Hailer that weaves family history, legends, memories, and the power of storytelling. Turn off the lights and turn up the volume on your heart.

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Show #113 on October 25, 2016…In which Mr. Bear talks to author Kelly Luce about her new novel, hula hoops, manatees, child killers, tooth trauma, early memories, the chicken-having movement, and more. Bonus feature: This episode will provide you with bad jokes galore!

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Show #112 on October 18, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from Lex Williford's "Superman on the Roof," winner of the Rose Metal Press Tenth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. These stories of loss, grief, punishment, guilt, and acceptance will knock you to the ground and leave you with a gravel-scraped heart.

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Show #111 on October 11, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the captivating work of Amanda Leduc, where the wild, the untamed, the unknown flirt with safety, order, and stability. What happens when your world is irrevocably altered? How are you changed and how do you keep going?

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Where the bison are

Show #110 on September 20, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads a variety of work with some connection to bison. Ghosts, heartache, animals real and plastic, love and loss all feature in these moving poems and stories.

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Keep breathing

Show #109 on September 13, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads gently piercing work by Jennifer Fliss and Jaime Formato that shines a light of hope across grief and loneliness. Moths, dandelions, lakes, and cherry pie take on dreamy qualities in these familiar yet strange landscapes.

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All in the family

Show #108 on August 30, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the luminous work of Steve Edwards on fatherhood, family life, the wonders of nature, and ghosts, plus humorous pieces by his son, Wyatt. Bonus: What happens when a teddy bear interviews a 7-year-old? Tune in and find out!

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Oneiric shadows

Show #107 on August 23, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the disquieting work of Clio Velentza. Teeth, animals, lilies, dirt, and rhododendrons all take on deeper and darker meaning in these stories that will cling to you like half-remembered dreams. Sip on a glass of retsina and wait for the smoke to clear.

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Playing with time

Show #106 on August 16, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from David Olimpio's "This Is Not a Confession." Time and memory and math intersect in these lyrical meditations. Don't count the minutes — sit a spell and let time freeze.

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