Posts Tagged ‘poetry’


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

MarkNepowithOprahPoet, philosopher, author, cancer survivor, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. He has inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his The Book of Awakening, which in 2010 catapulted to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list when Oprah Winfrey chose Nepo’s book as one of her Ultimate Favorite Things. Wednesday, August 27, 3 pm ET the beloved teacher visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for an hour-long in-depth conversation.

Considered “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher,” Nepo’s 15 books and recorded nine audio projects have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His latest book is The Endless Practice, Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, a guide to how the soul works in the world, a revelatory piece focused on steering each of us to become who we were born to be through the endless practice of engaging our heart and soul in the world.

Nepo will be joining Oprah Winfrey’s 2014 The Life You want Weekend Tour. He has appeared four times on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

A conversation with poet, philosopher, author, cancer survivor, Mark Nepo, Wednesday, August 27, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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warpoetrycartoonMarking the 100th anniversary of World War I, Wednesday, August 20, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show welcomes critically acclaimed war historian William Philpott, and the world’s leading scholar of the Great War poet Siegfried Sassoon Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

William Philpott is Professor of the History of Warfare in the Department of War studies at King’s College London. He is a specialist in the history of Anglo-French relations, British Strategy, and the history of the French army. Philpott is the author of Three Armies on the Somme, The First Battle of the Twentieth Century, Blood Victory: The Battle of the Somme and The Making of the Twentieth Century, Anglo-French Relations and Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-1918, Anglo-French Defense Relations between the Wars, Palgrave Concise Atlas of the First World War, and Palgrave Advances in Modern Military History. In his latest book War of Attrition, Fighting the First World War, Philpott takes a look at the causes and effects of The First World War, bringing new revelations of the first truly modern war to light, the war that shaped the twentieth century.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson lectures in English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is married to Virginia Woolf’s nephew. In her latest book, Siegfried Sassoon, Soldier, Poet, Lover, Friend, Wilson takes an in-depth look at the man considered a key figure in the study of the poetry of the Great War. Her previous works include I Was an English Poet: Biography of Sir William Watson, Virginia Woolf, Life and London: A Biography of Place, The Selected Poems of Isaac Rosenberg.

A look at World War I through the eyes of history and the voice of a poet, Wednesday, August 20 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of History. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

support the artsI love talent and am always willing to showcase artists when I think they deserve showcasing. So it is I bring this poem to you from poet Alan Kleiman. I met Alan online when he posted one of his poems. I asked him to send over a few more.  His words moved me to the deepest core of my being.  Recently, he sent me the following:


Her beauty like a flower that launched battleships drew men to arms led stallions to leap lit starless skies when darkness was everywhere and blackness prevailed.

Her beauty struck a match like sweet william in still air like twilight bird’s silence like foxglove trellising on sea cliffs that roam the islands edge before tide crashes spray mist in the air.

Her beauty he saw and she saw it reflected in his eyebrows how they rose and fell like tides when she smiled or snickered joked or cried everywhere her beauty lay on the rocks the sand the dust the clouds the stars.

Alan has a new book out, GRAND SLAM available on Here’s the info. I hope you’ll purchase a copy and remember to support the arts!


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Self-Portrait in Blue

Honestly, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has the BEST fans! I love hearing from you, and learning all about your lives, just as much as I love learning about the lives of my show’s guests. So, I was thrilled when one of my listeners, Alan S. Kleiman, contacted me and sent me a link to some of his work that had recently been published. Wasn’t I surprised to find that Alan is a fabulous poet and painter!  Talent is different from celebrity, as I’m sure many of you know. Acquiring the name “celebrity” often has little to do with talent. So, when a non-celebrity sends me his work and it touches me, I want to share it with my audience. So, that is what I am doing. Here are two of Alan’s poems that touched me, as well as one of his paintings. Thanks Alan!


I’m having a total Varese night of it
Sad your peels are closed
but happy to know
we are in the same alphabet
and always inundated with sweetness
at the sound of your footsteps
in the opening paragraph.
Not content at slithering
I relish hot dogs mustard and petards
when men are men
and girls go to the bathroom
giggling hoping for friendship
when it may be just noise
or not
because society craves invention
Progress peaks at postal hours
and men who carry doors with them
at every turn open them
extend an arm and say
Slap me five Cucamonga
I just married your brother.

Tales like that and alphabet soup
occur strangely in peach filled bowls
except when the cream is loose and
you can taste it on your lips
like tonight I hope I pray I fear
Kiss the cat Margaret.


Nobody looks at my body
Nobody sees my face
Nothing about me is apparent
I am hidden
Not by myself
But by my observers
Who see through me
Like glass, like water
Transparent and empty
Missing the moisturizing
That comes like rain
Making the grass grow
Even at night

Reprinted with permission of the artist.


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