Here's a new poem by Jean Abrahamson that we hope you will find helpful during the quarantine.
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Here is a story by our members. Evelyn McNinch
I'm posting a short story and a poem by Jeanette Shiel today with more to come later in the week.
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Here's a prompt that fits our life right now:
“Caught in the rain today, I recall that couple kissing and holding each other infinitely close in the rain one dark evening under the nearly invisible trees,” wrote Paul Valéry in 1910, in a notebook included in The Idea of Perfection: The Poetry of Paul Valéry, translated from the French by Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody and forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux this month. Draw inspiration from rainy scenes in poetry such as William Carlos Williams’s “Spring Storm,” Sara Teasdale’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” and Emily Dickinson’s “Like Rain it sounded till it curved” and write a poem that captures a moment in the rain, one that seems quiet or private but also carries emotional weight. Is there something poignant, parallel, or contradictory between the subject of the poem and the themes of rebirth and renewal that are conventionally associated with springtime? From Poets and Writers
You Persisted, I Resisted by Jean Abrahamson
I finally succumbed after resisting so long.
The idea of you tracking me at first seemed wrong.
Then I learned of your virtues and soon changed my mind.
Your many benefits I continue to find.
I set reason aside and put you on my wrist.
Then I took the first step and no longer resist.
You seem to care about me as I set each goal.
With your guidance and help, I now feel in control.
You encourage me to be more active each day.
Now you’ve got me intrigued and I can’t turn away.
The thought of you counting steps caught my attention.
You took me off into a new brand dimension.
You encourage me daily with each incentive.
When it comes to my health, you’re very attentive.
You have helped me improve my nightly sleep routine.
In multiple ways I would have never have foreseen.
Light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep all shown on a chart.
For quality rest, each stage of sleep plays a part.
Heart rate, calories burned – you have features galore.
You’re easily programmed to help me even more.
I feel I owe you a sincere apology.
Yet I don’t want to succumb to technology.
I avoided you so long, yet you persisted.
What other innovations have I resisted?
The question I struggle with is complex, you see.
How to use these new tools without them using me?
Last Wednesday, February 19, we had an enjoyable session with Richard Lederer renowned Verbavore, thanks to Pat and John Peckham's generosity.
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There are trends in writing. If you doubt that let your copy of Moby Dick or A Tale of Two Cities fall open to a random page and read a paragraph! Next pick up the book you are reading for your book club, open it at random and read a paragraph. Unless you are a member of an extraordinary book club, your “now book,” is far different in the style and structure of the writing, much looser, easier to follow, and engaging.
How does this happen? For an intriguing discussion of recent trends see the following.
HERE ARE THE REVISED MEETING DATES FOR THE CREATIVE WRITING GROUP FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2019 AND EARLY 2020
2019/2020 Meeting Dates:
I'D SUGGEST THAT YOU MAKE IT YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO JOIN OUR GROUP - EXCEPT WE ALL KNOW THOSE NEVER WORK!