Frogs, Frags & Kisses
Tanka, haiku, limericks, and other short poems
(Apprentice House, Loyola University, June 1st, 2015)
"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
(Apprentice House, Loyola University, April 2014)
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
"...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
“…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.
“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
"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
~Chloe Caldwell, author of Legs Get Led Astray
Drops on the Water is available directly from Apprentice House - hereand through Amazon - here
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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 (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
(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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