The Philosopher Savant book release


Glass Lyre Press announces the release of “The Philosopher Savant ” by Rustin Larson!

Glass Lyre offers FREE shipping until January 9th.

Readers and fans may order directly from GLASS LYRE PRESS in 2 EASY STEPS!

1. Email your NAME, ADDRESS and desired BOOK TITLE to

2. After the book has been sent out, we email an invoice payable via PayPal or by check for $16.

THE PHILOSOPHER SAVANT is also available through Amazon and other vendors! (Currently available for Prime membership)

Copies may also be ordered from the author for $16:

Rustin Larson

PO Box 1721

Fairfield, IA 52556

Rustin Larson’s exquisitely crafted new collection The Philosopher Savant mixes the ordinary, real world with surreal, fantastical visions. “I arrive at a mansion / Surrounded by fallen branches/ And ice. / Inside are chairs / That resemble lions / Or laws / Or the boredom of kings.” He reminds us of the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges: “A piano, / With its keys locked under its cover, / Is some giant creature / At the bottom of the sea, /Waiting.” Like a painter saturating the colors of Earth, exalting its geography from delirious beauty to war nightmares, Larson takes the reader on a dreamlike journey, filled with flashbacks, family memories, and ghosts.

The Philosopher Savant is a moving and powerful tribute to the past, bittersweet, funny, and heartbreaking. Themes of absence, loss and abandonment are set against a backdrop of fire and ice, in a landscape whose gardens, blooming with geraniums, lilies, marigolds, lilac, roses, orchids, honeysuckle and thistle, in “gangrened earth,” are reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s novel and Vincent Ward’s movie What Dreams May Come. “These hands / Pick the fire flowers, darkness in part, / Sun in the other. Close the cabinet, / Cover my earth. Shovel on the rich heart,/ Crown star, traveler’s joy, blazing vetch.” Melancholic, unflinching and unexpected, The Philosopher Savant, haunted by the likes of Proust, Crane, Whitman, Shihab Nye, Keats and Shakespeare, upon whose shoulders Larson rests, pulsates like jazz and celebrates life.

Hélène Cardona, award winning author of Dreaming My Animal Selves / Le Songe de mes Âmes Animales.

River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century

I am in this anthology.

Poems for the Twenty-First Century ~~~~Selected by Diane Frank A poem is a parallel universe that creates an experience line by line. The universe unfolds in a series of images which change the inner experience of the reader. If the poem goes deep enough, the writer and the reader will be changed in a significant way by the end of the poem. River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century mixes the poetry mahatmas of our generation with the grass roots. In these pages, you will find poets who have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, along with lesser known poets who also deserve to be read. ~~~~ “Congratulations on this fantastic coming together of voices.” -Jane Hirshfield, author of The Lives of the Heart, The Beauty, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry ~~~~ “Anywhere I turn to read, masterly and compelling work.” -Robert Scotellaro, author of Measuring the Distance and Rhapsody of Fallen Objects ~~~~ “Kudos to you for putting together such an impressive collection! What a thrill to see my poem ‘Leaving Montana’ rubbing elbows with Willa Cather’s ‘Prairie Spring’!” -Judith Waller Carroll, author of Walking in Early September ~~~~ “What an honor to be published among some of the writers I’ve looked up to my whole life – Stephen Dunn, Jane Hirshfield, Kim Addonizio – wow!” -Sarah McKinstry-Brown, author of Cradling Monsoons and When You Are Born ~~~~ “Such an honor to rub shoulders in print with so many extraordinary voices.” -Laurie Kuntz, author of Women at the Onsen