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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"
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 5pm
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
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Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
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Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Thanks much, Joan!  I'm trying to get some attention for these poems.  Triple Whammy is def in rap style.  And the beat goes on.  Hugs from me and Bev."
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You might be the first ALS-subject-matter rapper. Add some beats and spread it. the time is now...See More
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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
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RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE

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
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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
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The Cherokee and the Colonists

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
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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 kid.

Two of my favorite Christmas songs are on the cd, Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem and Good Christian Men, Rejoice. While The First Noel is a song I sing every Christmas, its never been one of my favorites-until this year. Paul's vocals are truly outstanding-between his voice, the music, and Pap's tenor it gives me chills every time I hear it and brings tears to my eyes.

After becoming enamored with the song-I began to wonder about it's origin. I assumed it was a fairly new song-maybe from the early 1900s-I was wrong.

The First Noel is one of the oldest Christmas songs around-as old as 400 years
There are some folks who think the song originated in France-some think England
Noel-is a loud shout expressing the joy surrounding Christ's birth
It's considered a folk song
The original version-had many grammatical errors-showing that an uneducated person wrote the song (which makes it mean even more to me)
The writer was obviously excited about Christmas-even though during that time Bibles were not accessible to every day folks-and even if they had been-most people couldn't read
For many years after the song was written the clergy frowned on songs such as The First Noel-making it a true song of the people
In 1833 The First Noel was finally published by William Sandys and soon afterward The Church Of England began using the song as a hymn
Amazing how the song survived-just by word of mouth-sung around the fire passed on to each generation. Somehow knowing The First Noel was written by someone with no education and no great aspirations makes the song seem truly from the heart.

To hear 4 of the songs jump over to the Blind Pig & The Acorn If you are interested in purchasing one of Paul and Pap's cds- Songs of Christmas- Here are the details:

cds are $13.00 each which includes shipping and handling or if you'd like more than one-the first cd is $13.00 with each additional cd being $10.00 which still includes shipping and handling. You can pay by check or by Paypal. Email me at tipper@blindpigandtheacorn.com for the address or paypal account.

If you are local to our area and would like a cd-email me for a list of locations where they are available!

Hope you enjoyed the history of the song-do you have a favorite Christmas song?

Tipper

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