NORMAN — "Antidotes and Home Remedies,” a new poetry book by Norman author Jim Chastain, will be launched Sunday at the Performing Arts Studio's Second Sunday Poetry Reading. The reading will begin at 2 p.m. at Norman Depot, 200 S Jones.
"The book is a combination of health-related poems and some of my most popular poems from the last few years,” Chastain said. "There will be snacks, music, a little poetry and lots of fun with friends.” Chastain's memoir, "I Survived Cancer but Never Won the Tour de France,” a collection of essays and poems, was published in October 2006 and was included in the Austin Chronicle's top 10 nonfiction list for 2006. The book covers Chastain's five-year battle with cancer that led to the amputation of his right arm. His first poetry book, "Like Some First Human Being,” was released in late 2006. In addition to poetry, Chastain writes feature articles for Oklahoma Today magazine and the Oklahoma Gazette. He also has been a film critic for more than 10 years. His reviews have appeared in newspapers across the state. An attorney for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Chastain refers to his job writing opinions for the court as the "very essence of creative writing.”