Archive for September, 2012

Quoted in the Grove:
All poets’ wives have rotten lives
Their husbands look at them like knives.
~Delmore Schwartz

It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry. If the artist must marry, let him find someone more interested in art, or his art, or the artist part of him, than in him. After which, let them take tea together three times a week. ~Ezra Pound

Chumps always make the best husbands. When you marry, Sally, grab a chump. Tap his head first, and if it rings solid, don’t hesitate. All the unhappy marriages come from husbands having brains. What good are brains to a man? They only unsettle him. ~PG Wodehouse

Posted to the Grove: This week’s Prewritten for Thurs, 10/4:  dimple, bazaar

Music Video: This reintroduces Wordgrove’s music video, a sometime feature from WG’s previous newsletter. For this inaugural, a video from a PBS fundraising concert in Boston. It’s not rock and roll, there are no lyrics, only the song of a trumpet and violin together, a classic in blue

Chris Botti & Lucia Micarelli

Suggested videos are welcome, indeed, encouraged. Please send your choice with link to this editor, BarTalk

Worth mentioning, Wordgrove’s late night Nutters and insomniacs are welcome to drop in for GaryBob’s Midnight at the Outpost chat, east end of WG. Midnight is Pacific time, the music playing is big band, and chat is all over the map. There’s usually someone around about that time. It’s BYOB
GB’s poster for MATO:


@Writers Platform: This week’s Prewritten: Mexico
~Jessalee: tekillya
Jessa’s sure-fire memory generator when in Mexico

~BarTalk: Mexico

This week’s Word Game: 10 minutes that make you cringe

~Jessalee: it’s ten of ten
The first crucial decision she’ll make in her new child’s life and she has only minutes to make it

~Piffin: Decade
Mystery in a confessional, and whether to keep the secret with God alone

~BarTalk: squirm

Also, on glass library table:
~GaryBob: A poetic riddle … with the answer to be found elsewhere in the grove

~Jessalee: Nano!
Or, NaNoWriMo or, National Novel Writing Month. Hundreds of thousands of writers around the world resolve to write 50,000 words in one month, and it takes place every November. No time for editing, just get the words down. That’s crazy talk, but Jessa raves

~BarTalk: Legends of the Whale


Writers in Residence:
~kangaroo @warp: migrates around the hillside behind the Platform so that you have to search to find it (check first on  the west side). Look for blackened trees and a large portal lens. Pass thru it, read the Scroll for the short trip kangaroo takes you on … realize that you’ve been had, and been given a gift

~Piffin @Cinderella Slippers: Spandau Express (Parts 1 & 2)
A story that erases distinction between jaded horror and transformative science fiction; high living lovers discover a drug with unusual properties

~Greymane @Greyed Expectations 2: The Tempest
… where was the love? Loss tears a hole in the night letting ghosts out, letting the terror in; then dawn and home and the storm passes

~Whitefeather @Firelight, and the Moonlight: I believe
Two of this editor’s favorite things in one short Scroll: a found quote, and music. The quote follows, but check Beth’s Scroll for the music link. Meet You at the Moon is worth the trip if torch songs get you to melting point

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~Anais Nin

~Jessalee @Creative Intentions: Call me New Mommy!
Jessa’s happiness is contagious and it has a reason; now there are two redheads in the household, and the world should consider itself warned

~GaryBob @Wordgrove Outpost:  Stargazing
To lay down under the stars and let the ancient light bathe you; there is a technique for seeing them as tho new again, and GB obliges with very plausible instructions

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The heavy red roses smoldering in the foggy morning, blood-colored and uninhibited, made me greedy, and tempted me powerfully to steal one–I asked the prices merely so I could come as near them as possible. ~Knut Hamsun

The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little nook, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind. ~Katherine Mansfield

Maybe we’re here only to say: house, bridge, well, gate, jug, olive tree, window ? at most, pillar, tower … but to say them, remember, oh, to say them in a way that the things themselves never dreamed of existing so intensely.           ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Post from the Grove: Still tinkering with the format, but Wordgrove’s newsletter has taken a new title for its masthead. Reflecting its dual purpose, the editor chose: Wordgrove Post & Review

The Prewritten prompt chosen by Piffin for this week’s Word Game on Thurs (9/27 ~  5 PT, 8 ET) is: Mexico These games are fun and you are invited!

@Writers Platform: Several books are scattered on the benches and around the platform, but the glass library table currently has a single book to show. It is hoped that new work will come to share this space, but old favorites are welcome

Thursday Word Game ~ 9/20: dash, phantasm

~Piffin: Three paragraphs of words living intensely, capture neighborhood life (not the ‘hood); begins in description, ends a benediction

~Jessalee:  Jessa used dash and phantasm in her recipe for a vampireling’s teething biscuits. Some ingredients are pure Out Land-ish, otherwise, seems doable should the need arise

Prewritten ~ 9/20

~Jessalee~ where i write – A warming fire and the enveloping comfort of her writing chair drops Jessa into the trance-world where her characters come to throbbing life for her

This editor’s Impromptu and Prewritten for the week were haiku too short for review


Writers in Residence:

~Piffin @Cinderella Sneakers: Precipitating – The story of a relationship with the whiff of sulfur to it, the discovery of decision and the freedom of doors closing; rich in detail, crisp in the telling, not a word wasted in the excitement

~Greymane @Greyed Expectations 2 – The Beast A primeval beast with fear for wings and a flaming rage for weapon hides its lair in plain sight

~Whitefeather @Firelight, and the Moonlight: Firelight – The silence of snow falling, the sound of firelight, two breathing as one in contentment                       ~

~Greenie @I like the rain: I like the rain – Image follows image chases image in the marvels of a gentle night rain, Greenie surrenders to it

~GaryBob @NutNut Fountain: NutNut Fountain – Thwarted by nature at every turn, a young squirrel’s seemingly wasted work produces a wooded haven for his family years later; GB’s creation legend for the Grove and its resident Nutters


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Quoted in the Grove:
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

You know, you can steel your heart against any kind of trouble, any kind of horror. But the simple act of kindness from a complete stranger will unstitch you. ~Chris Abani

Be silly, be honest, be kind. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

News from the Grove:
This week is the briefest of introductions for the returning Wordgrove newsletter. A few cosmetic changes have been made, but the spirit remains the same. Wordgrove is less about critiquing work, and more about encouraging writers.

Thursday Word Games continue with regulars popping in and out as schedules allow. Numbers are admittedly small but usual for the summer doldrums. If you haven’t been lately, the backlog from past events means that Writers Platform is worth a visit.

Whitefeather and Piffin have gone missing the last few weeks and are missed, truly missed. The return of AidenScott (that’s ‘Aiden’ if you know him, ‘JQ’ if you dare), is a HUGE plus, but no one fills another’s void.

Aiden provides this week’s Prewritten Topic: Describe a place (in haiku form 5-7-5) that brings out your inner writer. (ex. a coffee house, your living room, etc.) Describe the smell, the emotions you feel, your thoughts… Write about one place that just gets your creative juices flowing.

Be there, have fun at this week’s Word Game: Thurs (9/20) at 5 pm PDT/8 EDT. Meet @Writers Platform

@Writers Platform:
Past events produced poems and stories based on some of the following prompts: keychain, acrobat/oven, bloodmoon, whisper/alley, etc. There are pieces by various Authors, browse where your interest takes you. Return often. Leave something for others to read.

Jessa and Aiden each produced work based on the word prompts in last week’s Word Game exercise. This editor was present for chat but missed the 20 minute writing exercise, absent while walking his dog.

The words: Guardian/Flake
Jessa chose narrative to cover the week’s assignment. Rop is the main character practicing the rites of prehistoric magic to guarantee the safe arrival of his newborn. He is as real here as his 21st century daddy-in-waiting counterpart.

‘“I will guard her” the clouds attest’  Aiden uses poetry to bring together a guardian and the delicate royalty of snow flakes. The elements come together to protect a promise.

Next week’s Post & Review will begin visiting Wordgrove PAZs for the newsletter’s Writers in Residence section.

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