First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud. I’m a dude,A dad. But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
"I'll ask the kids, Barb and Ethan, if they have any contacts who might have an interest in this as a unique topic for any performers they know. It might also be something that my friend Ruby Lerner could brainstorm about to her theatre…"
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RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE(31 August 2018)Nancy Werking Poling of Black Mountain is the winner of the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition for "Leander’s Lies." Poling will receive $1000 from the North Carolina Literary Review, thanks to a generous NCLR reader’s donation that allowed this year’s honorarium to increase (from the previous award of $250). Her winning essay will be published in the North…See More
Upcoming Rides(Part of Living Poem) I must take a break from writing aboutThe third Lord Granville’s loss of landIn colonial North Carolina to noteI’m losing functionality in my hands. I’m confining my writing to a four-line,Alternate rhyme form, like a horse-fenceFraming a pantomimeOf equine force. Hence, It’s time to imagine the power of mind,For instance, when a nod or thoughtInstructs a machine to…See More
I've been picking at a book of verse about Asheville ever since I moved here 20-some years ago. "Thought Poems" in something of a manic and athletic style, like Thomas Wolfe himself. Here's the question I'd like to put on the table:
What topics MUST be covered? Ex: Transportation (trolley car to AT); famous corpses (Wolfe, O. Henry, Zelda, etc); politics (past and present); The Battle of Asheville; Asheville's Occupation during the civil war; homelessness; race relations; architecture; historic business past and present, etc.
What comes to my mind, Allan, is history told in verse by characters in character. Because that would give you the opportunity to play very loosely and wildly with the characters' personality and speech quirks.
It's interesting thinking in terms of you doing it, because it depends on your talents.
What then? Have a history slam with the characters competing for top billing. How would a homeless person do against Thomas Wolfe on an even playing field? How would a laconic businessman do? What about a well-known contemporary person?
Hey, it's great to start forums within groups, but I have found you occasionally have to say something in the general group discussion to let people know it's up there for response, too.
(I've got more to say about historical figures, but I'd like hear what you and others are thinking.) /Rob
Actually, Rob, I was trying to post this prompt to then entire community here, not just Creative Publishing. I think I figured out how to do that, but it prompts me to select one of a set number of Categories. Do I have to put a new discussion in a particular category?
That's a good question, Allan. The only way to start a new category is to use the Manage tab on top, and then click Forum Discussions. I may be the only one that has that manage option.
So, in that case, you either choose one of the categories--Book & Culture Issues, maybe--and start your forum. I then can link to it and feature it. You can also start a blog on this site which goes onto the front page automatically.
You make me realize that I should redo the forum categories to represent a wide range of general topics, into which people can then put their specific ones. So, if you need a different category, let me know and I'll get that going.
I'd love to feature some of your Asheville in Verse progress--if you decide to go with that--teasers, not giving away the franchise.