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…"
More from the World of ALS (Part of Living Poem) Negotiating steps is like someone who seeksTo emulate a goat on mountain peaks. Crossing a threshold, limping inIs like the valley-walking of an Olympian. A cane and its grip make a fellow stopTo consider the physics of leans and drops. To know how a forefinger grabs and digsImagine your digits are chestnut twigs When a new drug trial notably…See More
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
The Epic of the Cherokee and the Colonists Hernando De Soto stopped in Asheville in 1541 When the Spanish conquistador came through here on his way from the Gulf Coast to Lake Michigan, he encountered big towns, well-used roads, and abandoned homes. A smallpox epidemic—one of a series of plagues…See More
Lynn- the Pole Cat memory is a good example of someone not wasting anything!! Oh my I can't begin to imagine the smell-whew wee. I guess they became immune to the stench-although I don't see how. Thank you for sharing it-I can't wait to relate it to my husband and my dad, Pap-I know they'll get a kick out of it too.
Lynn-thank you for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you-it is troublesome that most of our heritage, folklore, and way of life is forgotten and overlooked instead of being celebrated and held on too.
There does seem to be a growing interest in the areas of gardening and heritage among my generation-probably as we grow closer to middle age we realize there is true worth in the ways of old. And I believe the economic downturn may cause a rebirth of the home vegtable garden much the same way WWII did.
The digital book issue is just sad-you're right who decides what books are available? And it so narrows the scope of knowledge that it would be bound to narrow the scope of learning. I hope more people will become aware of this trend-especially our educators. Sounds like you are on the right track-and I say "keep up the good work!"