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Quoted In The Grove:
The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
~Bill Watterson

There is one other definition of shmeer, used in Israel, similar to the idiomatic American expression “to fudge”, as in intentionally writing something that is difficult to decipher, like an exam answer, to conceal the writer’s lack of knowledge.
~Joe Hoffman

In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
~George Orwell

EndQuote:
We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
~Quintilian

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/19:  litmus, pipe

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Posted from the Grove

~Diane Ackerman:  Famous writers and their odd ways of writing
https://mailchi.mp/delanceyplace.com/writers-91219?e=7517c06f38

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~Abba:  Their Last Video   (6:24)

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  skirt, monastery

~BarTalk:
Ink Dirt

Skirting the issue of chasing skirts
Plying the monk trade for what it’s worth
Playing the rhythm game voiding issues of birth
Mysteries of The Monastery the author’s new work
Stories of heart told from a hearth gone dark

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Sublimation

The nuns the monks and their monsters
Want catharsis
Want to go ecstatically bonkers
No music no dance of a current age
No comics no headlines or editorial page
Where skirted costumes abound
There’s great fun to be found
Their Monastery Rag is a rage

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5-7-5 x 2

skirt steak served up rare
monastic taste runs to gruel
cosmic banquet spread
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skirt the rule of church
forest for monastery
gratitude for prayer

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
~Ovid

The replenishing thing that comes with a nap – you end up with two mornings in a day.
~Pete Hamill

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
~Carrie Snow

EndQuote:
When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.
~Tom Hodgkinson

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/12:   monastery, skirt

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Posted from the Grove

You Are the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With
Video at bottom of article is recommended   (5:19)
https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/you-are-the-average-of-the-five-people-you-spend-the-most-time-with-a2ea32d08c72

 

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Nap Quotes: Part II
My biggest thrill in life is to read in the afternoon until I fall asleep and take a nap.
~Sissy Spacek

Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voices, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.
~Jordi Molla

Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said – I was maybe nine – he said, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right.
~Philip Roth

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten Exercise:   strand, candle

~BarTalk:
Twice Shy

Long strands of pearl white sand
Calling card of Vacation Land
Late baking news of sunburned nudes
Now tan their hides by candle light

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But Not Forgotten

Overstaying The Strand in enabling Las Vegas
Overplaying his hand at the gaming table
His taste in art turning lately to Vargas
His shrink and courts rule him unstable
Not under-dressed curves or the adults he handled
But leggy young girls who snuffed sanity’s candle

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Road Trip

Stranded in Scranton and broke down
Landed the drunk tank in factory town
Stamped fair game after game blown
Branded losers should have known
Failed again candle’s out headed home

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Once

Picture politics for preamble
Imagine Jack Spratt in a stumble
Juggling fake news he can’t handle
Stranded mid-air straddling candles

Sticks are for beating
Myths for dissembling
Lies are the telling
Signs of derailing
Decency a fantasy
That once was democracy
Once

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blonde strands and black ones
woven into candle wicks
red wicked which is best

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POSTscript Quotes:   The Nap
If I’m stuck in the midst of a story, I take a nap. It often works, and if it doesn’t, I still feel better.
~Max Apple

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it’s not a waste of time.
~Martha Stewart

I drink coffee 30 minutes before I want to nap. I think that really helps.
~Ali Krieger

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
The child destined to be a writer is vulnerable to every wind that blows.
~Daphne du Maurier

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
~Maya Angelou

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
~Abraham Maslow

EndQuote:
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.
~Pearl Buck

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/05:   strand, candle

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Posted from the Grove

Certainly there are other lists, but…
The 70 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language
https://curiosity.com/topics/this-is-the-most-beautiful-word-in-the-english-language-curiosity/?utm_campaign

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   text, howl

~BarTalk:
change of plans

text me lyrics
dial up a tune
broadcast obscenities
howl at the moon

too friggin’ fertile
to graduate in June
who changed the story line
got married too soon

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same new world

bitter cold and howling winds
blow this winter of the soul
torpedoed treasure sunk in shallows
golden plunder among the shoals
proffered love echoes hollow now
the gilded lie i swallowed whole

the stars are fixed
but feelings mixed
so swallow hard
for what comes next
the pledge is void
the marriage nixed
future love finds me vexed
3D romance forever hexed
divorced online via text

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investment

textiles have been tested
bullets have been bested
but thinking’s arrested
by those wearing vests
howled a lone wolf
in a text on his exit
but words are a sword
a durable reward
who finds the button
and is willing to press it

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5-7-5 x 3

howl of the race car
screaming engine full throttle
omen’s last time text
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breathtaking headlines
Heaven Texted: He’s Chosen
howling mad to rule
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bright brash young cowboy
how leap to fame and stardom
stay Tex to his friends

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
~Carl Sagan

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
~Rene Descartes

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
~Gilbert Highet

EndQuote:
Where is human nature so weak as in a book store?
~Henry Ward Beecher

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 05/30:  text, howl

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Posted from the Grove

Tongue-Tied:  How To Keep The Conversation Flowing
https://curiosity.com/topics/keep-conversations-flowing-with-the-ford-method-curiosity/?utm_campaign

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~The Book of Life:  I Will Wait   (1:56)
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~Enya:  Book of Days   (2:55)

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  insipid, feint

~BarTalk:
Sir’s Work

Fealty unfeigned
A weasely way with the truth
Insipid diplomat’s feint
Doused the fires of war forsooth

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staged in reverse

feint parry thrust
duel to the death
until one heart stops
loving

words
dueling ideals
dreams put away
boxed in the basement

trade in romance for
the solid comforts of love
or the insipid trade
the cave-in to survive

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North Central & South

Rich Uncle Pennybags’ invested in family
Founder and funder of Mr Monopoly
Promising black ink drowning in red
Nothing believable whatever got said
Venomous strikes whose vision is faulty
Insipid replies in defense of his folly
Pouting pretensions sully the stage
Overgrown bully boy not acting his age
Feint south rattle fences make noise in decoy
Using powers of fear with quislings deployed
Divy up America North Central and South
Empire North what it’s all about

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5-7-5 x 2

feign unfaked interest
feint for the heart check the door
insipid courtship
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insipid attempt
intrepid to the faint-heart
feint bold and be brave

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
~A A Hodge

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
~Mark Twain

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
~Garry Kasparov

EndQuote:
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
~Anais Nin

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/22:   feint, insipid

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Posted from the Grove

~Happy Flyfish:  Goutte d’Or   (10:55)
CGI Animated Short

 

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

Confessions of a Poetaster

Clever with words, good with playful ideas, possessed with a drive to try and try again, but poetry wants something more … more patience, perhaps. And love. Poetry needs love, and it has to be shown. In the form of another visit, repeated final edits, the eager return to make things better, to remove distractions, to bring color, to make amends: love has to be shown. It does not need coaxing. A poem is never done.

A poem can be anything that one jots down, but poetry is a search for the right word – the visual, the vivid, the visceral word. There is rare poetry, there are poems, then there are these exercises, still trying. Good luck dredging this puddle for gold.

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Prewritten:  starch, band

~BarTalk:
Ruminations

Remembering when
Banned in Boston
Meant a masterpiece
When cigar bands
Labeled Cuban brands
Meant the sweetest smoke
Smuggled in as contraband

Cozy in comfort and canon blest
Forever foe of the very best
Arch-fiend to Art and champion Sport
Almost-right earned a sharp retort
‘Tween fart and fort in my last report

Provoked to invoke
At last he spoke
Pay attention
Stand up straight
Strive with gusto
Earn your perks
Leaven wonder with starch
In all your works
Misheard words are what I hate
Went heavy with starch
On my laundered shorts

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Out Of Style

Old men in starched shirts loved the midnight waltz
Old ladies in silk threads loved their old time schmaltz
But times change and the change don’t halt
Now it’s kids and cults and adults who assault

World grows restive up in arms o’er the news
Now boys in the jazz band play only blues
Destruction is primal with everything to lose
Fear screams louder than survival’s Muse

Guns are the reason that everyone faults
Ignoring the Terrorist lighting the fuse

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inventory

three ring-tailed cooties on velvet green
one black-banded red bandersnatch
pigments of the imagination
bandits of time
vie with reality’s bandicoot
put some rainbow starch in life

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
you not wanting me was the beginning of me wanting myself thank you
~Nayyirah Waheed

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
~Mark Twain

When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.
~Unknown

EndQuote:
Never dull your shine for somebody else.
~Tyra Banks

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/15:   band, starch

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Posted from the Grove

~Curiosity:  New Study Suggests You Really Do Have a Type
https://curiosity.com/topics/a-new-study-suggests-you-really-do-have-a-type-curiosity?utm_campaign

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@Writers Platform

Glass Table:

~Greg Thweatt:  Distraction

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Cell phones, a drink, games, maybe music, bright lights, dim corners, flickering screens, a napkin, melting ice cubes … so many distractions, how can we know what is real versus that which is numbing or fantasy?

“Tottering between …”

This painting attempts to capture the ways we totter between distractions and the interactions with our world. Typically we see distractions as negative, a diversion or interference. I believe that distractions can also help when in pain or unsettled, if used with intention versus without thought.

“Stop!”

The struggle is to know when we are being intentional instead of becoming lost in
avoidance. Maybe it as easy as stopping,
looking up, listening (even if there is no sound) and being gentle with ourselves.

“Music Pairings”

~Hot Sardines:  When I Get Low I Get High   (4:09)

~Zaz:  Qué Vendrá   (3:03)

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Prewritten:   feud, tiptoe

~BarTalk:
She Me They We

She
Dances en pointe feline grace on tiptoe
Me
Feudin’ cousin of the ribbity rabbity tap dance
They
Choose music either nightingale or raucous crow
We
Refuse the ruse of witty talk versus flash romance
Grabs a number and takes our chance

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the climb to fly

snowshoe up mountain top
climb to the tip
toes to the edge
bungee jump

le feu d’amour
the fire of love
is like that

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5-7-5 x 6

tiptoe to the edge
was it cut with fentanyl
parents feud whose fault
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cruel crawl thru pig mud
or tiptoe home together
defuse this old feud
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piled high thunderheads
age old feud ‘tween weather fronts
tiptoe thru the rain
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tap dance on tiptoe
magnetized emotions feud
dare to call it love
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feuds felt in the gut
tiptoe thru relationships
reenlist, again
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civil war of self
feuding man in the mirror
tiptoes between them

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
The kinds of roles dogs fill can be hard to come by in human relationships. We touch the dog or the pet at whim. There is a lack of self-consciousness and a fluidity to it that is absent from most human relationships.
~Caroline Knapp

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
~Thornton Wilder

When there are dogs and music, people have a good time.
~Emmylou Harris

EndQuote:
There’s more to a person than whether or not they like dogs.
~Colton Underwood

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 08/08:    feud, tiptoe

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Posted from the Grove

Google Maps: 33 Hacks, Tricks and Easter Eggs
https://interestingengineering.com/you-can-get-the-most-out-of-google-maps-with-these-33-hacks-tricks-and-easter-eggs?mc_cid

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~Marconi Union: Weightless (8:08)
However science decides or verifies, this musical rendering was measured to be the most restful. Easeful, non-repeating sounds seem to be key. Half hour and ten hour versions available
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcAVejslrU

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Prewritten:  phantasm, lichen

~BarTalk
Neighbors

Old scrub oaks lichen scaled
There’s a family nearby
Good folk I visit often
Their phantasms odd to us
Bury their dead above ground

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Recipe #4

Times before I fancied love
Transmogrified phantasm
But magic mushroom potions prove
As a conjurer of passion
Less success in market tests
The failed attempt most striking
Plugged lichen soup for liking

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Who Was Caught

Who was caught rockin’ rocking to the beat
Who was that playin’ making happy feet
Who was heard singin’ creating phantasies
Who was famous for composing musical mysteries
Is now decomposing ‘neath a lichen shrouded tree

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Besties

Dog’s my best heaven-sent
But having Elephant as my friend
Forever fact without lament
Liken both as true and one to the end

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tastes of wood, lichen
eat for health friend phantom said
to this day I do

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