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Intermission

IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
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Joan Henehan replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Coalescence
"It's an odyssey..."
Jan 8
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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)by Rob Neufeld 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,…See More
Dec 11, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

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
Nov 6, 2018
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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
Nov 6, 2018
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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
Oct 28, 2018
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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, 2018
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

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
Oct 17, 2018
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Oct 12, 2018
Nancy Sutton replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Metamorphoses
"Poignant in so many ways!   "
Oct 3, 2018
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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
Oct 2, 2018
Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Fantastic, that will be very helpful."
Sep 22, 2018

The Triple Whammy

The Triple Whammy

(Part of Living Poem

 

I’m sinking sooner than I expected.

My fine ideas will finally get tested.

For instance, composing this record

Of my journey, my method

Of turning straw into gold.

 

Will I get this message to myself

When my courage fails and the worst

Prevails?  “Self, read this verse.

Does it actually work, spinning hurts

Into wonders to behold?”

 

It does, as long as my fingers work.

Because the next step is voice recognition or a clerk.

Therefore, top priority is my need

To fight the fight, which means

Latching onto a medical test.

 

I missed out on ibudilast, a secret

Molecule that calms, heals, and cleans.

I’d read about it in an ALS feed

And called the clinic, short of the speed

Needed to nab a spot that might exist.

 

So now it’s time, poetry fans,

To sing an alternative, the NurOwn brand.

I’m sitting in my chair, comfy, you understand,

Not yet stumped by useless hands,

Entertaining the theater of the mundane.

 

Scientists have tapped bone marrow cells

That are so unformed, they’re not themselves;

And put them in a cup to copy several

Growth-inducing proteins—what a steal!

Deal me in, doc!  Open my lane.

 

“What topics might interest the new girl?”

A boy asks.  “Love, family, philosophy” says his school pal.

“Do you love noodles?” the boy woos the schoolgirl. 

“I do, yes.”  “Does your brother?”  “I’ve none,” she rues.

 “If you had,” the boy muses, “would he love noodles?”

 

This is just to say I respect the three-topic tip.

Sometimes you have to change frames to slip

Out of a topic trap.  I’m just talking shit,

Killing time, waiting for something legitimate

To claim the lazy space in my noodle.

 

I’m cool with floodgate-regulating taboos

Against obsessive topics that spoil moods

And take over with brooding truths.

I don’t underestimate the power of voodoo

Or the need for buffers in the brain.

 

Which brings us back to the microscope.

You all find these details fascinating, I hope?

Vast rafts of molecular nodules float

In the body’s miasma, including those

At gates; and in neurons, making energy packs.

 

Something is hindering the transmission

Of neural impulses to muscle contractions,

And the roster of parties involved in the action

Is a riotous mob of perps and policemen

All complicit in the attacks.

 

Let me take a break from the story to say

I got confirmation at CarePartners today,

My quads, gluts, and left ankle, they’ve

Weakened, which calls into question the rate

Of my ALS progression.

 

I see people I’ll hurt by my departure.

That’s the worst feature of the monster.

What can I do, loved ones, to make up for

The broken promise, the lost ardor

Of a dreamed next generation together?

 

And now look what intrudes, news

That the trials for NurOwn excludes

Folks over 60.  Blink.  Now what do I do?

Will the gossips across the street please move

Indoors so I can think better?

 

Rational thinking must reject delusional.

The path now is to wait for a year or two,

And do what in the meantime?  Riluzole?

I’d like to stop thinking about this for a while,

But I’m back re-enacting Lorenzo’s oil.

 

And facing dependency.  Hallelujah, all!

Hey, Rob, remember that principle

You posted, about turning straw to gold?

Yes.  Well, it’s time to do your magic, bro,

Brighten the mortal coil.

--Rob Neufeld

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