Archive for November, 2014

Quoted in the Grove:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
~Alvin Toffler

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~George Bernard Shaw

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.
~Ogden Nash


Posted from the Grove:
Thanksgiving was quiet in the grove, and little got done but hours of chat. Talk ranged from gossip to bored games and casino ware. There may have been the question raised of Wordgrove’s writing contest resuming in Jan, yes or no. Good question. Current thinking is favorable to bringing back the Wordgrove Prize, but yes or no remains the question

Time consumed in making it happen subtracts directly from this editor’s personal work :: this little contest has produced remarkable work of its own. How does a word lover turn away from that? If time opens up and a topic of sufficient interest suggests itself, look for news of it in the Post & Review


Regrettably, the link to last week’s Spoonerism special was active only to registered members of Wordsmith’s, a.word.a.day. If first-rate wordplay is a favorite laugh, these are too good to miss



Prewritten for Thurs (04/17) @6pm PT/9 ET is: paisley, savannah


@Writers Platform
Glass Table:

Shadow Dance (previously reviewed)
On Golden Beams (p.r.)

Besotted (quoted in full)

I am enamored of your ruffly hair
your piercing eyes and daunting stare
I am besotted with your belly fur
your muffled snarl and rumbling purr 


Prewritten: meme

~Piffin: “With a Mason Ring and Schnauzer”
Favorite lines (quoted)

Me me me meme
The mental mill has spun
Another anecdotal song
From Mary’s mirror sung
Of slender man in corner dark
And spider eggs in bubblegum

~BarTalk: Arrival


Small crowd of two on Thurs passed up their chance to write something new, chatted, had other fun instead

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Quoted in the Grove:

My contention is that music, poetry, and dance came into the world together. Civilization in the form of the printing press forced them apart.
~Joy Harjo

Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world’s champions.
~Kurt Vonnegut

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.
~Henry van Dyke


Posted from the Grove:
Thanksgiving and WG’s Thurs Word Games share something in common this week. Guess? Yes, both begin with the letter T, and both fill a hunger for sharp taste and tangy sustenance … but no. Simply enough, both occupy the same space on the calendar, a same-day convenience for some … but not for others. Please contact this editor if another day or time makes the difficult more possible


One of the goals of this newsletter has been to introduce readers to resources that are useful and enjoyable. Wordsmith.org publishes a daily email, a.word.a.day, that is just what it says. It includes a daily quote, and is looked forward to by people in 170 countries every day. “The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace.” ~The New York Times.

One of the pleasures of this newsletter comes from making word-lovers laugh. The link below is to a page of spoonerisms sent in by avid readers of AWAD. All are fun, some are laugh aloud funny. Unfortunately the tame ones come early; the bawdy squirm-inducing ones wait their turn. Malapropisms follow


A reminder, the Wordgrove Post & Review is an open forum. Letters to the editor, personal projects looking for an audience, a must-share music video, a story in a picture, a short online read worth passing on … all these are welcome for posting in this newsletter


 Prewritten for Thurs (11/27) @6pm PT/9 ET is: meme


@Writers Platform
Glass Table:

~Jessalee: Shadows Falling
Jessa channels a neighboring poet’s excruciation. Some people live to cast a longer shadow in their sunset years; first his father, then a brother and after, his mother … torn away; turned loose in death, yet their shadows are with him still

Shadow Dance
The moving edge of shadows, a dance native to the moon and sun, more vital than the light of lamps and the static light of man; but if it is a man that dances and his shadow is the thing, throw a brutal light that burns and a partner for him to swing

On Golden Beams
The brittle light of winter follows the sunlight on autumn’s wall, lonely nights turn loneliest after Leonid’s meteors announce the end of fall


Prewritten: freeze or frozen

~Greymane: Frozen
Sorrows embalmed in silence, a grey day filled with rain, liquid ice and echoes preserve memories in the brain

~Piffin: haiga (haiku inscribed on image created by its author

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/15652193828


~BarTalk: The Heart Is a Tundra


Impromptu: Theme: stressed

~Piffin: “Pigeons”
Favorite lines: last five, quoted

Be my guest
But lose the shoes
The medals on your chest
I love you for your mind
When it’s undressed

~Greymane: Dismal

A grim litany of disagreeable words that begin with the letter, D … with one charming exception: Disarm

~Greenie: Stressed
Stretched fabric stressed by his bulge of passion

~BarTalk:  image loop

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Quoted in the Grove:
If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
~David Viscott

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.
~Ezra Pound

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
~Andre Malraux


Posted from the Grove:

Instead of waiting for circumstances to be right for restarting the newsletter, the decision was made to begin and make the best of an uncertain schedule. If delivery is spotty and the results less than perfect, it will not be for want of trying

The work coming out of Thurs Word Games makes the reading a continuing surprise and a growing pleasure. Practice makes better, and these are writers who write. It shows in the rising quality, and it is gratifying to know that this is being recognized elsewhere. This makes reviewing for the Post & Review a worthwhile effort and a happy indulgence for this editor


Prewritten prompt for Thurs (11/20) @6pm PT/9 ET is: freeze or frozen


@Writers Platform

Glass Table:
~BarTalk: comes a knock
Old work, new season


Prewritten: stout-hearted, pugnacity

~Greymane: Somewhere Backstage
Favorite verse, second of three (quoted)

Blending silent salacity
inside her cage
With violent pugnacity
painted by rage
Beyond her capacity,
burdened by age
she exposed her opacity
somewhere backstage

~Piffin: “Hoboken”

~BarTalk: Armistice Day


Impromptu: Titled: Fame

~Piffin: “Fame” (quoted)

Dakota; winter
Blue lights on red cobblestone
Catcher in the Rye

~Greymane: Fame
Stroll the road of bright lights, getting fast and loose with crime and lust, distracted by glitter and shiny things, the tease of glitz … a name, with price tags

~Greenie:  Fame
“Elusive … evasive … simplistic … fallacious …” ~ high praise indeed

~BarTalk: Fame

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