Welcome back to Member Monday. It’s a pleasure to feature a piece by the always hilarious Dale Angel.
Welcome back to Member Monday. It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden. You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books. Welcome, Linda!
By Linda Boyden ©2015
he wanted to tell her
of the depth of his love
a love beyond passion or need
he wanted to tell her of
the root of his love
the core of his soul
and to explain how much
it meant that she had found the lost key
the tarnished thing buried
within the sediment of hurt
under the dregs of loss
the thing he had forgotten
he needed, but he couldn’t find the words.
He couldn’t say how
for years he existed with a sense of lack
with a sense of longing
for something he couldn’t quite describe
she put one finger upon his lips
and with a kiss he discovered
there was no need for words.
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Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? We’ve got the perfect idea. Writers Forum is selling tickets to the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase. The play will be performed at Riverfront Playhouse on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the Writers Forum Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got just a handful of tickets left, so don’t miss out on the fun!
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the storyline of “Harvey”:
Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.
Still not convinced? Here’s Jim Parsons in “Harvey”:
The Missouri Review is looking for your short audio documentaries, stories, poems, and humor pieces for their 2015 Audio Contest. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner in each category.
Your pay-by-donation entry fee includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, complete with a bonus audio version of the magazine.
Winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of their Soundbooth podcast series. Submissions will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with a guest judge.
This opportunity is open to both emerging and established artists—they are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why it is important to pass on the word to writers
Deadline: March 15th, 2015.
For details, or to submit, please visit their website: http://www.missourireview.com/ audiovisual/submissions/
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