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Quoted in the Grove:
No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
~Donald Foster

Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.
~Sophia Loren

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.
~Al Franken

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Posted from the Grove:
Apologies for last week’s misquoting of Stejovis’ haiku. Stej had the temerity to use two meanings of a single word playing off each other in his haiku. The gall of the poet was exceeded only by his audacity. Hmmm, that’s not right. … was exceeded only by this editor’s clumsiness. Ah, there we have it! The correct version follows (qif):

winter leaves –
the beds where it has lain
are all askew

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This is open call for poets, storytellers, buskers, musicians. You are invited to join Greenie and Wordgrove for the premier of the OnStage with Greenie show on Fri, May 9, @6pm PT/9 ET.  One reader is on the list. There’s room for more

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Prewritten for Thurs (05/01) @6pm PT/9 ET: You have safe-guarded a small box a very long time. It contains a secret, but you have forgotten what it is

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@Writers Platform
Glass Table

~Greenie:
Dream with Me
Of love and miles and yearning, they rendezvous in dreams

Do You Know
Plato’s ideal love in friendship, or the love of sweat and wetness; domestic love, or the love of shared adventure; Love’s a Chinese menu, pick one from A and B

The Flip Side
On one side: loneliness, betrayal, a palette of greys; by chance there’s another: of friends and discovery, and the choice of any from colored arcs of rainbow

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~Stejovis: Surety of Verity
(A three sonnet cycle, 16th Century style)
Whether wit, a cleverness used in the taming of life, or a willful foolishness for escaping same, the last man gets put away, and … game over

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Prewritten: Haiku, with a second line pivot

~Stejovis: haiku (quoted in full)

a dragonfly skims
across the water
dutch tulips

~Greymane: haiku (qif)

Dew gathers
On spiral webs
Spiders wait

~BarTalk: Verticals ~ 3 haiku

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Impromptu: Word sonnet using: intrigue or doctor

~Piffin: “Velvet Teen” Recommended, a story in nouns

~Greenie: A Sonnet Becomes An Intrigue
Life: the maelstrom that powers prose and the poems that answer back

~Greymane: untitled
The extremity of opposites, of nightmares and collegial sleep

~Stejovis: untitled (qif)

In
measured
moments
filled
with
intrigue
he
was
transformed
from
brigand
into
gentle
doctor

~BarTalk: Headlines

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Writers in Residence

~Greenie: Haiku Moon

The Moon as a bowl
A’waiting the Stars to fall
Filling it with Dreams

~Greymane @Greyed Expectations: Her Unknown
Actuarial tables say she’s used up half of it; the long downward slide into her second half interrupted by this plateau

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Quoted in the Grove:
No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
~Donald Foster

Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.
~Sophia Loren

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.
~Al Franken

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Posted from the Grove:

A quiet week in the grove. Not a lot to report, and still a newsletter to put out. An editor might be expected to have a file of backup material, informative fillers, or interesting plug-ins to use in times of famine … but no. Events and personalities of the grove normally provide rich soil for comment. This editor’s addition of fertilizer usually gets the job done, but not this week

It seems a good time to wander off the well-trod and play with a bit of fancy, something speculative. Suppose, as an instance, that a forum for poetry readings and storytelling were to materialize in the same place where music lived. In the normal course of entertainment, performers feed on audience response. It is a way of getting back for sharing out. It is fair exchange. It is this magically performing loop of the stage and its audience that makes everything work. Electrically, it’s a completed circuit

What might an audience give back to performers in There that’s more than ’clap and ’cheers and ’yay? What’s available that’s rowdy and raucous, loud and fun that says ’yay in a big way? Funnily enough, the beverage that gets you in the mood is also the means of celebrating the stars you see on stage. Yessir. You drink your elixir of choice in There and all sorts of noise and weirdness happens. Ma’am, you drink that potion when the music stops, and they will know you were listening and liking what you heard

This is not new. But if OnStage @Wordgrove East takes on life, this editor would like to see audience members take out a Triple or Extreme drink of choice at the beginning of each show, and drink up after each performance. (Hot Blues makes a nice racket for applause – Yowza!) Drinks could be provided for those without

Imaginings. Suppositions. Possibilities. These fevered ramblings have served their purpose. They filled space. This editor is interested in feedback, however. Hypothetically, because this is speculation, but are performers interested in this kind of boisterous appreciation of their work? Has this generated enthusiasm in other venues? What else might be done to poke this thing into life?

Please. Your thoughts aren’t just welcome, they are being actively sought. Your idea might be the reason for the success of OnStage. If so, then you get the credit. Wordgrove likes to recognize good ideas and contributions with generous praise

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It is a significant day for some believers. The following duet is a repeat from the archives: Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli performing with trumpet and violin: Emmanuel, a prayer without words
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8NN4fpdm40

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Prewritten for Thurs (04/24) @6pm PT/9 ET is: Write a haiku with a pivot second line. Both first and third lines relate to it, but not to each other

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@Writers Platform
Prewritten: tapestry, age, reflection, rain

 

~Greymane: Shattered Chains
The heavy iron of habit and the leaden weight of pain, decision was the key and the hammer that set her free again
Favorite line:
She reaches down inside herself and makes the silence shout

~BarTalk: Chapter 11 ~ Coping

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Impromptu:  haiku, on a scene viewed from backyard

~Greymane: haiga

Misty dawn
A mother and fawn
Fearless moment

~Stejovis: haiga

winter leaves –
the beds where they lay
are all askew

~BarTalk: haiga

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Writers in Residence

~Greymane @Greyed Escape: The Bet
Demon cards, a source of strife that almost cost this man his life; decent cards, but his only bet a comely chef, his battle mate and wife; ah, caught mid-story by the clock … catch the end @Greyed Escape, or try and guess the rest

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Quoted in the Grove:
An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.
~Edwin P. Whipple

I must claim the quoter’s privilege of giving only as much of the text as will suit my purpose, said Tan-Chun.  … If I told you how it went on, I should end up by contradicting myself.
~Cao Xueqin

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
~Seneca

End quote:
It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
~Tom Stoppard

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Posted from the Grove:
An idea that’s been idly kicking thru the leaves of Wordgrove for the past while may have found someone willing to bring it in out of the cold. Greenie has agreed to feed it, spend time with it, train it into something that others will enjoy. It involves talent. Yours

You’ve got it. It’s something you have fun with in RL. You write poems, stories, songs; you sing, you recite, you play the accordion … all you need is an eager audience. You’ve got it!

Coming up, a chance to have fun onstage, to be cheered and recognized. Staged @Wordgrove East, the first show is scheduled for the 1st or 2nd Friday of May, 6pm PT/9pm ET. Event title to be determined

A Wordgrove venue naturally features the written word, but music is even more universal in its ability to communicate. Musicians of There, please take note of your welcome. Needed: someone with Shoutcast station and experience to help broadcast for better listening. Please contact Greenie or BarTalk with questions, suggestions, offers of help

Coming: Details in next week’s Post & Review

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Prewritten for Thurs (04/17) @6pm PT/9 ET is: tapestry, age, rain, reflection
Pick any two of the above to fulfill this week’s assignment. Use three for added challenge. Include all four, get a star by your name in the Honor Scroll on Glass Table. Five stars earn one of the Documents available in There Store

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@Writers Platform
Prewritten: chiffon, orchard

~Greymane: Trying Not to Scream
Trapped in day-to-day, looking for the freeway exit off; the past a body of failure, the present rotten too, but there’s hope, a home that waits; the bed’s a grave, the sleep’s first rate when all else has fallen thru

~Piffin: haiku (qif)

Plantation chiffon
Southern hospitality
Noose in the orchard

~BarTalk: Chapter 7 ~ Becoming

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Impromptu: dance, dreams

~Piffin: untitled (quoted in full)

Breathe as though it matters
Dream like dreams come true
Dance like they’re all watching
And your clothing is see-through
Laugh like life is funny
Cry like someone cares
Give a stranger money
But please don’t feed the bears

~Greymane: Keeper of Dreams
Not a succubus that would sleep with men, but a temptress; a fugitive by day, a tease by night, a source of horror, but not of hope; those are the dreams of day, of hands and plans and work

~BarTalk: not-a-haiku

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Writers in Residence

~Greymane @Greyed Escape: Incandescence
The flame that throws a light, also lights a fuse; a hellish history becomes experience that’s great for future use

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Quoted in the Grove:
Television – a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
~Ernie Kovacs

The television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home.
~David Frost

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart.
~Fred Allen

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Editor’s note: The above quotes reflect an earlier age in television. Some of it is less true now, some of it more so. The editor leaves it to the reader to decide

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Posted from the Grove:
Interesting new ideas for Prewritten and Impromptu exercises were discussed at Thurs’ meeting. Apparently there are possibilities besides themes, pictures and two-word prompts available. It’s a wonderful world, isn’t it? Stop by Thurs to see if one of these new avenues of writing suits you

With personalities again meshing creatively in WG, it seems an excellent time to offer a service first requested by Greenie. People intend to come, people want to come … people forget. Anyone wishing an email reminder on Thurs for Thurs’ Word Game, please let BarTalk know. This is an offer to remind, not an occasion to nag

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Prewritten for Thurs (04/10) @6pm PT/9 ET is: orchard, chiffon

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@Writers Platform
Prewritten: 1/3 of US public school teachers resign their first year; write about one

~Stejovis: Report to the Teacher’s Union  (A triolet in iambic pentameter)
Intricately woven rhyme and progression scheme used for understanding the exodus; there are reasons, many reasons they leave, every one of them is a loss

~Piffin: “Teacher”
A snapshot day, a bored generation farmed off to school 9 months at a time; an inconvenience about the length of time it takes for getting born, a pain but kind of necessary; or choose pencil pushing, working numbers

~BarTalk: Chapter 6 ~ First, a student …

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Impromptu: mantra, cameo

~Piffin: “Vasco de Gama”
When hearing of seamen, he heard the word semen, he liked ‘em big an’ the wee men, twas his reason for going to sea then

~Greymane: You Already Knew
The poet’s long road home and the answer he never left: with life gone funky-foul, with memories a hot pile of compost and fetid regrets, give a thought to seeds and sunlight, and good things growing from fertilized ground

Favorite line: if you’re running from nothing and falling behind

~Stejovis: senryu
Meditation’s hard copy etched in rock

~BarTalk: haiku

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Writers in Residence

~Greymane @Greyed Escape: At Last
Adventures gone sour make the best stories, but really, is it worth it

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