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Poetry Book Features Great Lakes Lighthouse


A new book from Cornerstone Press, a student-publishing venture at the University of Wisconsin has just released a book titled "Raspberry Island Red" a collection of poetry by graduate student Matt Welter.

The book's setting is Raspberry Island, a 290-acre island in Lake Superior, 13 miles north of Bayfield. On the island are a historic lighthouse, a virgin forest, a bog, and a beach. Welter worked on the island for seven summers as a park ranger, giving nature hikes and portraying a 1923 lighthouse keeper named "Toots." One chapter in the book is a series of poems written in the voice of Toots, a romantic lighthouse keeper with a dry wit. Other chapters cover natural history, exploration and unusual experiences on the island.

This is Welters third book of poems and the money to publish the book was put up by four students.

The book is now available for $7.25 (which includes postage) from Matt Welter, 800 B Portgage, Apt. 3, Stevens Point, WI. 54481.

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