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Quoted in the Grove:
He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.
~Salvatore Quasimodo

Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We’re not here to be comfortable—we’re here, really, to shake things up. That’s our job.
~Jeanette Winterson

I know no person so perfectly disagreeable and even dangerous as an author.
~William IV

EndQuote:
A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Posted from the Grove

50 Collective Nouns for Your Favorite Groups of Animals
http://mentalfloss.com/article/551081/collective-nouns-groups-animals

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Why cats hate water
https://youtu.be/VgnU-SMgf4M   (0.47)

oops…

http://mentalfloss.com/article/563105/why-dogs-love-water-and-cats-hate-water

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Rubber Band Man   (0.44)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D7RXVnKcic&utm_source=CNN+Five+Things&utm_campaign

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Prewritten for Thurs 11/15 (6:00pm PT/9 ET):   outfit, triangle

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Prewritten:   bastion, project, lyric

~BarTalk:
broken promise

voice from the projects
lyrics of a common man
with nothing to lose
last bastion of truth
shot dead in the streets
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Urban Dig

Scavenge discard bins
Rescuing projectors
Film’s library bastion
Protectors of history

Recycled music and lyrics
And auld classic moments
Share the mechanics
Of memory in motion
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Dream #4

Projected love onscreen
Horny basturds celebrate
Bastions of the celibate
Do regret, yet still wait
Gonzo lyrics perfect mate
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Career Move

Sebastian at The Bastion
Wanted work at The Onion
Known as Rose for his prose in purple proposed
From the lavender lyrics in poems that he wrote
Unable to compete where every project was timed
He stayed where he was where everything rhymed
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Circling Life

Bastions of defense
Among the animals called Man
Teach the arc of death’s projectile
War’s learned art since prehensile
A warlock’s mix of blood and bile
A warlord’s plan all the while
A war-torn land led in guile
With seeds of destruction sewn

With a sky vomiting bombs
Filling tombs from empty wombs
Quoting lyrics from songs of doom
Lions dare the Lyin’ King
Wanting truth to be the thing
Truth that makes their kingdom sing
As promised in their prophesies
When all are known
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Her Highness

Protected, bastion bred, high on a hill
Hardened shell projecting untouchable
Fell from her wall, high and redoubtable
Hard imperial fall at love’s lyrical call

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lyrics of an age
bastions of love in their time
projects of a mind

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Quoted in the Grove:
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
~Francis Bacon

I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
~Umberto Eco

A classic book is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
~Italo Calvino

 

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Posted from the Grove

20 Killer Words Crime Buffs Should Know
http://mentalfloss.com/article/561752/killer-words-every-true-crime-buff-should-know

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Prewritten for Thurs 11/08  (6:00pm PT/9 ET):   project, bastion, lyric

 

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Prewritten: cloak, blizzard

~BarTalk:

Here! Tonight!

Bright coats of happiness
Black cloak of misery
Full of peppy scrappiness
Inherent gloom of mystery
Bipolar Blizzard onStage!
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again

cloaked alone
it’s love on the outs again
a bitter cold blizzard again
we let the fire go out
shut doors
to keep the heat in
knowing
tomorrow we feed the embers
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Custom Made

Weave a cloak, wear it
Make it comfortable
Warm against blizzards
Well-tended and durable
Call it life

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5-7-5 x 4

red blizzard of leaves
damp grey cloak of autumn fog
gobsmacked by the moon
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cloaked identities
blizzard of escaped secrets
yeggs and unlocked doors
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blizzards of expense
cloak numbers, play the tax game
tap dance to the bank
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numb nuts and noses
cocaine blizzard in progress
cloaks the overdose

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Quoted in the Grove:
Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.
~Giorgos Seferis

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
~Jorge Luis Borges

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~ShudderTV:  “Black Lake”   In time for Hallowe’en
In Danish, with subtitles (compliments, Rusty’s Electric Dream)
https://www.shudder.com/shudder-tv?mc_cid=9d46e5c82c&mc_eid=a574d835a3

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Prewritten for Thurs 11/01  (6:00pm PT/9 ET):   cloak, blizzard

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:   delete, improvise

~BarTalk:
Poems

Improvised first draft
Carve space in the stone
Of too many choices
Sand edits ’til polished
Eternal marble of words
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GameBoy’s Apotheosis

Improvised bravery and derring-do
Crossed the chasm by daring to
By caring who arrived at destination
Dared the deed that meant his deletion
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“Action”

Her beauty seen delighted
His body obscene deleted
Her days spent waiting
His gaze penetrating
Improvised love on screen
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To Do List

Improvise reason
Dilute meaning with lies
Impoverish the language
Delete opposition
A day well spent
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Details @6:00

News @The Improv
Posturing and preening
Fictional and factual
Time factored deletions
Pick your fantasy
Shoot @Will

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5-7-5 x 5

brash improvised lines
stunned recoil of wounded eyes
delete that image
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black ink jealousy
dilute passion with poison
spill to delete love
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delete the old ways
excise new ones that don’t pay
improvise again
or
delete the good men
remove the ones who won’t play
use improvised rules
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d’ leetle bug fly
up d’ nose wit’ someone’s blow
him Pro Vice Counsel

 

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Quoted in the Grove:
Some critics will write: ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
~Maya Angelou

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.
~Michelangelo

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
~Ernest Hemingway

EndQuote:
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
~Samuel Johnson

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Posted from the Grove

Do You Speak Emoji? Translate These Six Well-Known Quotes
https://www.dictionary.com/e/s/emoji-quotes/?param

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Prewritten for Thurs 10/25 (6:00pm PT/9 ET): delete, improvise

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:
Given that quotes and writings in the Post & Review sometimes veer into the political realm, it is only fair to offer an open forum to those following this newsletter. Periodically, it becomes a duty of this editor to remind readers that Letters to the Editor are encouraged. In the interest of maintaining quality and balance in this dialog, and since name-calling adds so little to relevancy and understanding, these broadsides are discouraged.

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Prewritten:  toast, promiscuous

~BarTalk:
Toast of The Town

Boastfully boisterous
Sexually riotous
Truthily ambiguous
With dollars promiscuous
Errors Ubiquitous
Anarchist, social arsonist

Personally pernicious
Factually impervious
Interminably pretentious
Naturally envious
Temperamentally tempestuous
Intentionally iniquitous
Predictably calamitous
His brand, so not good for US
Burned toast of The Town

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a toast at parting:
promise your last kiss to us
fair promiscuous

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Quoted in the Grove:
Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes,
biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.
~Sir Philip Sydney

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.
~Allen Ginsberg

A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
~Leo Tolstoy

EndQuote:
Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
~Marcel Proust

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Posted from the Grove

Five Important Historical Events That Changed History
https://www.dictionary.com/e/s/5-important-historical-events-that-changed-language/?param

 

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Prewritten for Thurs 10/18 (6:00pm PT/9 ET):  toast, promiscuous

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  trickle, diagram

~BarTalk:

Alex In Hinterland

‘Twas Fright Night Friday @The Odeon
With Ghost playing host at the podium
And Miss Witch of the West spewing odium
Tears of fear trickle down quaky legs ad nauseam
Diagramming prophetic puddles on the floor
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Before Borders

Trickles aborning
Congregating torrents
Coastlines, snaking river lines
Sparkling witless and wordless lines
But their inkings on a map
Diagram civilization

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5-7-5 x 5 x 6

diagram for love
parse a sentence for meaning
it evaporates
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tricklings of a brook
tickle the rocks where they touch
their laugh like a song
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power vacuums up
while misery trickles down
that’s ok with some
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a trickle of clues
instants of coincidence
diagram a plot
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the world needs babies
like markets need consumers
die a Gramma
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car do the shimmy
dance, beboppin’ down the street
trick El Camino
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tickle ivories
croon low to the ovaries
to win the fair sex

 

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Quoted in the Grove:
Words are but the signs of ideas.
~Samuel Johnson

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.
~Emily Dickinson

EndQuote:
By words the mind is winged.
~Aristophanes

 

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Posted from the Grove

Six Punctuation Marks Hated by Authors
http://mentalfloss.com/article/87448/6-punctuation-marks-hated-famous-authors

 

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Prewritten for Thurs 10/11 (6:00pm PT/9 ET):   trickle, diagram

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  Inner Eye – a picture prompt
https://wordgrove.com/eyesee.jpg

 

~BarTalk
5-7-5 x 4

captured by the eye
they still stir, alive as then
memories stare out
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the others outside
the rim of experience
see only a pool
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a void lies between,
seekers above and below
hear only echoes
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how crazy the world
paging sage of the mountain
aye, I eye, he said
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Extinct

Enter new post-modern guy
Came to tame her Inner I
Disregard her inner thigh
Waste beauty deny the eye
Exit new post-modern guy
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Quantum Sight

With each eye seeing
A world into being
All real
His eye is on the sparrow
And to be seen is to be
Quoth Schrödinger’s cat

 

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For those with an interest in science, and elegant storytelling in its service:
How Do You Take a Picture of a Black Hole?

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Quoted in the Grove:
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
~Mark Twain

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
~Albert Schweitzer

One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.
~George Sand

EndQuote:
Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?
~Marilyn Monroe

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Posted From The Grove: Strange Days

~Lea DeLaria:  People Are Strange   (3:07)

~Peter Murphy:  Strange Kind of Love   (5:20)

~Halsey:  Strangers   (4:04)

~Four Jacks and a Jill:  Strange Strange World   (2:58)

~Acker Bilk:  Stranger on the Shore   (2:42)

 

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Prewritten for Thurs 10/04 (6:00pm PT/9 ET):  Inner Eye – a picture prompt

 

 

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Quote of the Week: An Afterthought
Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember.
~Albert Einstein

 

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