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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)Intro Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling our power.) Distractions are good, puzzles that teaseAnd please and fill the main scene, whichIncludes…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
Nov 15
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
Nov 9
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
Oct 28
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Let’s say every word is precious

Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses (Part of Living Poem)Hear audio: Metamorphoses%20181004_0192.MP3 So Apollo committed the first rape.He’d come back from exterminating Python,The Bane of Humanity, now his arrow-victim,And stopped to mock…See More
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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
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First Drumbeat

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
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Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Thanks for the prompt, Joan!  I have attached the whole work in progress as a doc at the bottom of the table of contents page: http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/special/living-poem"
Sep 22
Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Is there a way from this website to print everything or might you send me such a document to bayjh@icloud.com?"
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December 2008 Blog Posts (12)

Dropping Possums



You've heard of watching the Big Ball drop on New Years Eve-have you heard of watching a Possum drop? Clay Logan, a gentleman down the road from me, has become quite famous for hosting his annual Possum Drop.



The Possum Drop is a huge event-each year it draws a larger crowd than the previous year-last year over 500 attended. However, not all folks are pleased with the event.…



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Added by Tipper on December 29, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Johnny B Goode and Breaking Up Christmas



In the early 1900s, folks living in the mountains of North Carolina lengthened the holiday season by celebrating the 2 weeks following Christmas-they called it Breaking Up Christmas.





Residents in the community would host a series of house parties. Each night the party would be held in a different… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Christmas In Appalachia 1938



My Great Aunt, Hazel Currie, recently shared a Christmas memory with me-an Appalachian Christmas memory.





The first Christmas I can recall clearly was in 1938. We lived in Cherokee County, NC along the Hiawasse River on the Harshaw Farm, where my Poppa was a sharecropper.



I remember Poppa bringing in a pine tree he'd cut in the woods-he'd even found one with pine cones-already…
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Added by Tipper on December 18, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A White Pine Christmas



At the center of my childhood Christmas memories stands a White Pine. Granny loves Christmas-the decorating, the cooking, the merry making. Growing up, her excitement made Christmas truly special-even though there was never much money.



I was a teenager before I realized you could buy a Christmas tree specially grown and cut. I figured everyone went out in the woods and cut one like we did. Neither did I realize the White Pine is at the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 16, 2008 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Songs Of Christmas



Just in time for Christmas-Paul and Pap's first Christmas CD is available NOW! For the past few weeks you've been listening to a few of the songs on the player-the CD has additional songs (you can see the titles below). All music and vocals are performed by Paul and Pap with the exception of The Little Drummer Boy an instrumental performed by Henry Wilson, Pap's baby brother. Henry has been playing guitar-mostly Chet Atkins style-since he was a… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 11, 2008 at 2:40pm — No Comments

tuesday in b'klyn

with time to kill
while my cat gets his balls
snipped off,
i go up to the botanical gardens.
the roses are in bloom.
i sniff the hybrid teas,
careful
not to annoy
the bees
as they frantically
roll and rub themselves
in sex.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

the sistine chapel

as god creates the moon.
michelangelo lets.
the robe slip.
showing us.
the ass of god.
pink and firm.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

cab poem #9

6 A.M.

ave a & 1st.

an older dyke.

going to park slope.

says nothing.

smokes her cigarettes.

making me stop.

on atlantic ave.

to buy more.

at the brownstone.

she asks me.

to come in.

i say no.

i’m working, lady.

she says.

i got no money.

need to go inside.

get it from my friend.

i say.

leave me the leather jacket.

comes back.

no money.

comes back at 2.

i say.

too much…
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Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Green Girls

The Green Girls by Nancy Simpson





A young woman with pale lips



sulks under a Mimosa tree



holding knees close to her breast.



She does not wave at me today



as I drive past. I know why



or think I know, having seen



her sister walking on the road,



head down, tears on her face.



Why have they quarreled?



One is not lovelier than the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 9, 2008 at 11:46am — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 2



It's that time again-time to test your Appalachian Vocabulary skills.



1. Back

2. Backset

3. Bad mouth

4. Bait

5. Bawl

6. Bear down

7. Beatinest

8. Bed tick

9. Biddies

10. Biggety





1. Back-To address a letter "Be sure to back the letter before you put it in the box."

2. Backset-A recurred illness "L.C. was getting better, then he… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 5, 2008 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

choice of poetry

Today I choose poetry in translation that will be read 3 times on the 20th and 21 st of December in a house concert in Antwerp. It are all Native American authors: Several from 'Met Rode Inkt', MariJo Moore's 'Woestijnwoorden' and two by Sherman Alexie not yet published. As always labour of love, now coupled to an exhibtion of Tony Mafia's work ( see Tonymafia the painter.blogspot.com ) and there will be a bunch of musicans improvising and playing. I'll have to learn to improvise the reading… Continue

Added by Tumbleweed on December 3, 2008 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Porkchops and Applesauce In The Mountains



Pork was the primary source of meat for folks in Appalachia up until the 1950s-60s. Most every family had 2 or 3 hogs and usually in late November or early December when the weather had turned off cold the hogs were readied for slaughter.





Pap's father, Wade, was known as a "good hog butcher" around our area. He was called to various homes and farms throughout the hog killing season. For… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 3, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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