Eric G. Müller

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                                                    Books by Eric G. Müller

  

                           NEW ~ Rounding the Cape of Good Hope

                                               

 

Rounding the Cape of Good Hope begins with Henry the Navigator who was largely responsible for initiating Europe’s seminal voyages during the Age of Discoveries. It continues many years later with the recruitment of sailors and the crew’s subsequent naval expedition under Bartolomeu Dias. This imaginative account of that first voyage down to the southern tip of Africa has many dramatic and humorous moments, including love relationships and a mutiny. I wrote this play for my class of 25 seventh graders, wishing to give them the opportunity of presenting dramatically what they were also covering in the curriculum. 

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                                         Pilgrim Poet ~ Roaming Rebel

 Pilgrim Poet ~ Roaming Rebel is a collection of secular and sacred poems written at various historic and holy sites, or while musing in museums, embedded in nature or enjoying a restorative respite in a café.  

An active imagination living in wakeful senses is the only way of overcoming what Coleridge calls the “lethargy of custom.” You are holding in your hand a book, which is a product of just this discipline of imaginatively grasping the fleeting moment. And it is also a demonstration of the equally great fact that any one of these moments is an entry point into the depths and heights of the human spirit. In these poems the occasional meets the perpetual in an exhilarating dance that expresses love of life, the quirky individuality of perception and the close kinship between the pilgrim and the rebel.

 Norman Skillen ~ Teacher and storyteller ~ From the Foreword

 Purchase - here

or directly from Alkion Press - Alkionpress@gmail.com  

                                      Life Poems for My Students

 

Life Poems for My Students ~ Birthday and Other Verses (Alkion Press, 2016)

A collection of poems I wrote for my students

May these poems motivate other teachers to get creatively active and write their own verses for the children in their care

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                                          frogs, frags & kisses

 

             Tanka, haiku, limericks, and other short poems 

                                      (Apprentice House, Loyola University, June 1st, 2015)

Advance Praise

"This marvelous collection of tanka, frags, haiku, and limericks reminds me of the gem-like quality of all small things in the world. Whether it’s a deeply profound meditation on life and death, or a light, deft vignette showing us fat crows in bare trees or a boat in the harbor, or simply a conversation with a hibiscus, each of Eric Muller’s poems sparkles and glows with color, feeling, and story."

 ~ Eliot Winslow, award winning author of Poems from the Oasis, What Would You Do If There Was Nothing You Had To Do? and other books

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 A rich collection of "short form poems":  wise, mischievous, and healing.  An enticing invitation to enter into play with the small and the big, and at once to ponder well"

~ Douglas Sloan, Professor of History and Education Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

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The tankas, haiku, limericks, and “frags” in Eric Müller’s collection offer moments of whimsy, of wisdom, and of observation that’s been stripped clean of pretense.  It is clear that their creator is enamored of and humbled by being alive.  His humility is reassuring, his amore invigorating.   Each small poem is a shot in the arm.

~ Julianna Spallholz, author of The State of Kansas

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Frogs, Frags and Kisses is a recipe for fun winter reading: a dash of Edward Lear,a sprinkle of Ogden Nash, and some soulful stirring.”

 ~ April Zipser, author and editor at Prolific Press

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                                                   Drops on the Water

 
Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son
by
Eric G  Müller & Matthew Zanoni Müller

                                      (Apprentice House, Loyola University, April 2014)

 
 Advance Praise

They’ve done it.  Co-writers Eric and Matthew Müller have managed to capture those oh-so-enigmatic moments in a life—those moments that seem as ephemeral as all the others but, for whatever reasons, have attached to the soul like burrs, pulsing with a life of their own, even as years pile on and the children bewildered by the adults in their lives turn into adults themselves.  The structure of Drops on the Water is a winner.  The chapters are brief, anchored by a single memory, be it streaking naked through a South African shopping mall, facing death on the side of a cliff, or watching one’s father get a haircut.  These simultaneously personal, yet universal, utterly recognizable incidents have been delivered to the page with perspicacity, humor, and a poet’s eye.  With chapters alternating between the perspectives of the two authors, the dual life-journeys of father and son weave together, casting new light on each other’s lives, as well as our own.  My hats off to the two Müller men.

             ~Glen Berger – Song of Spider-Man, The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

The Müllers are storytellers, and their stories twist around each other like two ends of a doubled thread, sometimes touching, sometimes moving apart in their own directions, but always returning.

         ~ Hannah Fries – Associate and Poetry Editor at Orion Magazine

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 "...Here a father and son combine snapshots of their lives; and while they are separated by age, country of origin, and culture, and they don't hesitate to reveal their own mistakes and regrets... Readers will be intrigued by the tales told here, and inspired to reflect on their own lives."

     ~Pete Turchi -  Author of Maps of Imagination

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“…what makes Drops on the Water so unforgettable is the wry and open-eyed sensibility these two men share.”

     ~Michael Parker, author of ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD, THE WATERY PART OF THE WORLD.

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“Innovative in its approach, quietly ambitious in scope, and unified by a father and son’s search for meaning through storytelling, Drops on the Water is a memoir unlike any you'll ever read. Told in voices as distinctive as the eras and geographies in which they came of age, Eric (the father) and Matthew (the son) take you on a journey that ranges through Europe, Africa, and North and South America—to the heart of things.”  

      ~Steve Edwards – Author of Breaking into the Backcountry

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"Tender, evocative and often quite funny, Muller and Muller present two worlds-gone-by, intimately enriched by their separate but overlapping past experiences.

            ~Karen Brennan, author of Being With Rachel

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"Two generations dancing a playful quadrille of respect, admiration and perspective awe....Drops on the Water dares to go where few men have gone before--into the depths of the human heart."

     ~Chloe Caldwell, author of Legs Get Led Astray   

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Drops on the Water is available directly from Apprentice House - here

   and through Amazon - here
It is also available at Barnes & Noble - here
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                                         Book for Children

 
The Invisible Boat
(Waldorf Publications, January 3, 2014)
 

Discover three friends, in a fast-moving, sometimes dangerous tale of cooperation between the powers of the earth and the powers in young hearts. Solutions are possible with open-minded listening, careful planning and undaunted courage. A perfect read aloud book for children ages 7-10 and a great chapter book for anyone 10-99!

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I have just read a smashing children's book from Waldorf Publications. To my mind, The Invisible Boat is better than a Harry Potter book. It's an amazing adventure that will delight any reader! A profound wisdom in its pages reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, this is a wonderful chapter book to read aloud to a child and for older children to enjoy on their own.

           ~ Margaret Gorman, Waldorf adult and high school educator and mentor

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A romp! Eric G. Müller delivers a fast-paced adventure that leads us through the mysterious realms of the elemental world. We meet characters who face danger with courage, fortitude and decisiveness. Young readers will have much to contemplate long after they have finished the last page.

           ~ Pamela Dalton, award-winning children’s books illustrator 

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This book is really fun, and, as I was reading it, I had the feeling I was in it and fighting the binagatorials. As a kid who is dying for adventure, I greatly enjoyed this wonderful story.
           ~Tommoso Carini, Grade Four, San Francisco

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 Eric G. Müller has crafted a wisdom filled tale that moves quickly and is difficult to put down. His story takes us into this “own world” where we find out that this world is actually a common world that all may enter through a door of love and reverence. Modern life has veiled these experiences from us. This tale is for children and adults alike.

              ~Tim Paholak

 

                        Now available at Waldorf Publications - here

and through Amazon or order through a bookstore near you
Also available on Kindle
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                                                    Other Books

 

                                     Meet Me at the Met

 

 Meet Me at the Met (Plain View Press, 2010)

 

Eric G. Müller’s classy title, Meet Me at the Met, invites readers to follow a rich tale of romance, idealism, scandal, and emerging self knowledge. The book has a double story—the living of a life and the process of writing that life—both tales narrated by a high-minded, vain, passionate, confessional man who is determined to write it all until he can understand it. He delights in the arts, teaches at a school near New York City’s beloved Metropolitan Museum, and reveres the treasures there. Each time he wants to recall and record an episode from his life, he goes to the Met and chooses from among its famous galleries a different “office” to write in. Having     grown up near the Met myself, I particularly enjoyed the passages where various parts of the museum’s immense collection are precisely and appreciatively described. In this absorbing fiction about inspiration, personal growth, and the capacity for mature awareness, Müller has woven an enticing tapestry of pleasure, pain, aspiration, and love.

                     ~ Gertrude Reif Hughes, Professor Emerita, Wesleyan University

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The book is delightful, original and idiosyncratic. It’s completely original. Congratulations!

     Andre Gregory – Internationally renowned director and actor. His film credits include: My Dinner with Andre, The Last Temptation of Christ, Demolition Man, and Vanya on 42nd Street

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                                   Coffee on the Piano for You

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                                     Coffee on the Piano for You (Adonis Press, 2008)
 

Eric G. Müller's writing gives voice to that orphaned part of our human experience: that numinous dimension of life where few of our common words dare to tread. In his new book he traverses a wide scope of subjects and spans a breadth of experiences, taking us through a tour of the themes that have fired his imagination over the last few decades. He illuminates places, quiet spaces, the seen and the unseen, and unsuspected flashes of consciousness with verbal alacrity and a wonderful sense of sound. With playful forms, quirky moments that often elude our attention, and his sheer delight at what language can do to the soul, Müller nudges his readers along with him as he inches us toward that frontier where new possibilities of language can warm, surprise, and inspire us.

David Anderson, Executive Artistic Director, Walking the dog Theater

"With spontaneous utterances he catches the full movement of the moment..." (from the Preface)

Paul Matthews, poet and teacher of creative writing at Emerson College, England, author of Sing Me the Creation

 

 

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                                             Rites of Rock

                         

 Rites of Rock

(Adonis Press, 2005)

 

Eric G. Müller's succulent Jeremiad of rock rings necessary bells. The insidious commercial culture of rock, indubitably megalomaniacal, present and past, is his subject. The author doesn't bandy with religion to make his spiritual points, he goes right to the boss, his own presciently audible inner voice, which never stops pestering his fledgling attempts at self destruction. Charging at a good clip through a mindscape of devilish villains, sublime goddesses and the walking dead, he makes it experientially clear that, for a musician, salvation is in the music or nowhere, certainly not in the absurd trappings of success. His observations on the art of music are deeply intuitive and fully educated. This  book feels like it just had to be written and Müller took fifteen years to do so gracefully, poignantly and with unquestionable sincerity.

         ~ Robert Hunter, chief lyricist of the Grateful Dead 

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                                         Fiction - Short Stories

Pool Cleaner from the Yucatan published by The Literary Yard

Stacie looked out the airplane window. The last time she was in Cancun she got knocked up. That was fifteen years ago. An abortion, a string of boyfriends and a failed marriage lay between. Now she was a successful lawyer.... more

 

Up in Smoke published by The Autumn Sound Review

After the accident she left the city and moved to upstate New York, buying a small cottage at the foot of Phudd Hill, down the road from the old white house where John Cowper Powys once lived and wrote his most famous tome, A Glastonbury Romance.... more

 

4'33'' (in honor of John Cage's centennial) - 1912 - 1992  published by ink sweat and tears

He climbed up the stairs and said – No more.  Sinking into the sofa he wired himself to his iPod, thumbed for the track 4’33” of silence, shut his eyes and listened.  Within a minute he pulled out the white ear buds and shifted over to the piano, determined to play the entire piece himself – all three movements. ... more

 

Sundial published by Spinozablue

Her ring fin­ger moves back and forth along the lip of the Burgundy wine glass.  Slowly.  Her tongue touches her chapped upper lip, mir­ror­ing the move­ment.  She sits in a leather wing­back arm­chair, cov­ered with three alpaca wool blan­kets that have lost their color.  Her eyes peer through horn-​​rimmed glasses and are fixed on a crack in the vel­vet cur­tain.  A slit of light steals through.  Motes of dust swim in and out of the guil­lo­tine shaft that cuts across the solid mahogany table with upturned spin­dle legs.  But no ban­quets have enter­tained any guests here for years.  The stone fire­place, library and baby grand are in darkness... more

 

Yeah, I Killed My Girlfriend published by The Flash Offensive

Ken entered our educational treatment center for at-risk youth after serving three years in a maximum security juvenile facility for murdering his girlfriend at age twelve ...   more

 

Optimistic Freshman published by Journal of Microliterature - here

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Hotel Pisha published by Postcard Shorts - here 

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                                      Creative Nonfiction

       Online publications of creative nonfiction pieces - 2010 - 2013

 

Bicycles and Frog Rain published by Cleaver Magazine

My brother and I followed Dad to the double garage. We were about to get new bicycles – our first. Five years earlier in Basel, Switzerland, I’d loved whizzing through the neighborhood on my push-scooter. Before that I cherished my small red tricycle. While we lived in Davos, up in the Alps, our focus had shifted to sledding and skiing, and during our short stay in Cape Town we lived in the suburb of Parow where hardly anybody rode a bicycle. Here in Empangeni, Zululand it was an entirely different matter.... more

 

Water, Water published by The Blue Hour Magazine

Back in the fall of 1990, I marched my sixteen fourth graders down the hill to the Convalescent Center in Eugene, Oregon, armed with recorders, three music stands and pages of sheet music.  - here

 

A Walk through Snow and Time published by Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine

My grandfather was a miller. To my left there’s a framed photo of him and me standing inside the old wooden mill. He was also a carpenter and farmer, raising crops and keeping cows, sheep and goats. A black beret is pushed back over his high forehead, a pipe droops from the corner of his mouth, and he’s wearing a faded brown, three-piece suit, not quite matching. His black and white polka dot tie is skew. He’s leaning against the grinding mechanism with his elbow. I notice his hand looks very much like mine does now. - here

 

           Light in the Forest published by Halcyon - here

 

Stromboli published by About Place Journal - here

Beg, Borrow or Busk published by The Bookends Review - here

A Drink published by Shadow Road Quarterly - here

When I Stopped Wearing shoes published by Open Road Review - here

Streaking published by Magic Cat Press - here

Chihuahua published by Used Furniture Review - here

Fruit, Friend, Foreigner published by ken*again, the literary magazine - here

The Pheasant published by The Write Room - here

The Prayer published by weasel and gun: variety magazine - here

Misbehavior published by RED OCHRE LiT: A JOURNAL - here

After Midnight published by Imitation Fruit - here

Debut published by MuDJob - here

Confession published by Berg Gasse 19 - here

Meet the Sisters published by Ink Bean - here

Follow the Leader published by Epiphany Magazine - here

Schloss Esterhazy published by Halfway Down the Stairs - here

Ticks published by Gloom Cupboard - here

My First Time Busking Alone published by Litsnack - here 

Walk Out published by Lowestoft Chronicle -  here

Last Gig Published by Milk Sugar - here 

The Climb  published by Slow Trains - here

The Fight published by Orion Headless -  here

Tennis Ball published by Long Story Short - here

The Prince published by Spilling Ink - here

Graffiti  published by Haggard & Haloo - here

Busted published by The Legendary - here

Crash published by The Shine Journal - here

Killing on a Koppie published by Raving Dove - here

 

Rounding the ape of Good Hope

Rounding the Cape of Good Hope ~ A Seventh Grade Play is now available (Alkion Press, 2017). Up to now it was only available in manuscript form. Because of ongoing demand I have revised the play and published it in book form.


Pilgrim Poet ~ Roaming Rebel is now available (Alkion Press, 2016). This collection contains sacred and secular poems, written mostly while traveling. The poems are inspired by ancient and sacred sites, nature, as well as museums, cites, and people.


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Now Available: Life Poems for My Students, published by Alkion Press (2016)

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My memoir will be published next year by Adonis Press.  The memoir focuses on my thirty years of teaching in a Waldorf School.

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I am excited to announce that AH Press will be publishing frogs, frags & kisses ~ tanka, haiku, limericks and other short poems. Release date: June 1st,  2015 


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Festive Book Launch

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 5 pm - The Chatham Bookstore - Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037 

 Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing up from a Father and Son by Eric G Müller and Matthew Zanoni Müller



The Invisible Boat (book for children) published by  Waldorf Publications is now available - order here

Official book launch: The Chatham Bookstore in Chatham NY - Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 2pm


Eric G. Muller was awarded the 2012 James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in education

Artist Statement:

I write to investigate the world around and within me, adjusting my style to the content. I use the visible world to draw attention to the invisible. I fail and that conflict helps me become more me, which is made up of the world I investigate.

Meet Me at the Met

Rites of Rock


Coffee on the Piano for You


Poetry

Most Recent (2010 - 2014)

Home published by Inner Art Journal - here

Teacher published by Dressing Room Poetry Journal - here

Eagle's End, The Honey Hag, Garden Deal published by Southern Cross Review - here

Two Tanaka poems published by Chrysanthemum Volume 13, April 2013 - here

Allen Ginsberg in Atlantis published by The Weekenders Magazine - here

In Life's Hourglass published by A Hundred Gourds - here

Mahatma Malala published by Southern Cross Review - here

Unbuttoned Dress published by Carnival Magazine - here

Three poems published by The Mind(less) Muse - here

Three tanka poems published by  Boston Literary Magazine - here

Umbrella published by a handful of stones - here

Resurrection published by Portland Branch - here

Diner Ennui published by Literbug - here

Odysseia Bar published by  rIgor Mort.US  - here

Yellow Clouds published by a handful of stones - here

Broken published by Fortunates - here

Coffee Date published by Our Day's Encounter - here

Four poems published by Inner Art Journal - here

She Got published by The Stone Hobo - here

Garden Deal published by Molt - here

Waking up on the Beach published by Decades Review - here

Phantom Words published by The Write Place at the Write Time - here

Polymastic Goddess published by Poetic Medicine - here

Last Judgment and other poems published by Southern Cross Review - here

KO published by oldyellownotebook - here

Seven Sips of Coffee published by Semolina Pilchard - here

Between Hands published by Amaranthine Muses - here

Three three line poems published by Three Line Poetry - here

So What and Never Just Nothing published by The Rainbow Rose - here

 And Still the Birds Tumble published by Numinous: Spiritual Poetry - here

Depressed  published by Exercise Bowler - here

Four Poems published by Southern Cross Review - here

Two Poems published by Yes, Poetry - here

Four limericks published by The Momo Reader - here

Putting the Lid on it published by Short, Fast and Deadly - here

Two Poems published by Wizards of the Wind - here 

For Sale published by Clutching at Straws - here

Three Poems published by Eunoia -  I Guess - here

Private Prayer - here

One Last - here

Publications

Eric G.  Müller's stories, poems and articles have appeared in or been accepted by many online and print publications, including Raving Dove, Slow Trains, Yes Poetry, The Legendary, Renewal, Hear Us Roar, Ink Bean, Bewildering Stories, Six Sentences, Southern Cross Review, Clutching at Straws, Indood, Mermaid Blotter Rag, Inform, Lilipoh, Spilling Ink, Wizards of the Wind; Short, Fast, and Deadly; The Shine Journal, Info 3, 50 to 1, Lowestoft Chronicle, Journal for Anthroposophy,The Momo Reader, Long Story Short, Haggard & Haloo, Orion Headless, LITSNACK, Eunoia, Pot Luck Magazine, Exercise Bowler, Milk Sugar, Used Furniture Review, Journal of Microliterature, Gloom Cupboard, Half Way Down the Stairs, Ken* Again - the literary magazine, Epiphany Magazine, MuDJob, RED OCHRE LiT, Numinous: Spiritual Poetry, The Rainbow Rose, Imitation Fruit, Berg Gasse 19, Three Line Poetry,  Amaranthine Muses, Semolina Pilchard, weasel and gun: variety magazine, Old Yellow Notebook, Blog from the Bog, The Write Room, Flash Fiction Offensive, The Write Place at the Write Time, Poetic Medicine, Magic Cat Press, The Stone Hobo, Decades Review, Inner Art Journal , Molt, The Corner Club Press,  Blink Ink, Fortunates, Leaf Garden Press, Our Day's Encounter, rIgor mort.US, Literbug, a handful of stones, Rhyme and PUN-ishment (Local Gems Poetry Press), Carnival, Portland Branch, Postcard Shorts, Boston Literary Magazine, Open Road Review, The Mind(less) Muse, Shadow Road Quarterly, The Mindful Word, The Bookends Review, About Place Journal, A Hundred Gourds, Halcyon Magazine, Spinozablue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Blue Hour Magazine, The Autumn Sound, The Weekenders, Chrysanthemum, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, The Literary Yard, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Poetry Pacific, and 50 Haikus .

Eric G. Müller

Coffee on the Piano

Short, Fast and Deadly

Leaf Garden


Three Line Poetry


Lowestoft Chronicle


A Dream in the Clouds

The Corner Club Press

Living Angels


The Blotter - September Issue - 2010



Rhyme and PUN-ishment

Boston Literary Magazine

Summer - 2012

Meet Me at the Met Book Launch

Brooklyn Book Festival

A Blackbird Sings

Woodsmoke Press 2012

Yellow clouds of pollen...

The Mindful Word

Three Poems

Whereabouts - Stepping out of Place

Purchase - here

 

50 Haikus

To order - here