Member Monday: Time, by Larry Solberg

By Larry Solberg

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Member Monday: Enrique, by George Parker

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By George T. Parker

Today I am sharing a poem I recently wrote. I wrote it in response to a prompt from In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, by Steve Kowit.

You can listen to me read the poem at our new Writers Forum Podcast.

Enrique

   One of my favorite people

   For a couple of high school years.

Goofy.

Happy.

   Blasts of Faux Chinese.

He built model planes, too.

   Not well,

      As told by the

         Brush strokes in the glossy paint

         And upside down American star and bar.

But his got put on display

   In the school library.

      Mine did not.

         Why?

      Because he had the chutzpah to ask.

Sometimes high school insult humor

   Goes too far.

One day I went too far with Enrique.

After class, in the hall

   He grabbed my shirt front

   And shoved me against a locker.

He was rightfully pissed

   And I knew it.

So I didn’t react.

   I didn’t push back.

      We didn’t fight.

We went our separate ways

   But things were never

      The same

         After.

Enrique joined the Marines.

One day I heard about

   A car bomb in Beirut.

241 dead American servicemen.

   220 of them Marines.

Holy shit.

   Enrique.

I called everyone I knew who

   Might still be in touch

      With Enrique.

Nobody heard anything.

Nobody knew anything.

I saw lists of names,

   Partial lists.

I never saw Enrique’s name.

   That was a good thing.

Mostly.

As years passed by

   And I encountered other

      Round Lakeoids

One of my questions was always,

   “Have you heard anything about

      Enrique?”

Nobody had ever heard anything.

   That was a good thing.

Mostly.

And then…

Facebook

Eventually

   After years of finding

      Old friends and classmates,

There he is.

Enrique.

Safe. Successful.

   Selling cars in Chicago-land.

It doesn’t surprise me

   That Enrique is good at

      Selling cars.

Today we remain

   ‘Acquaintances’

      More than ‘friends.’

But learning that

   Enrique is okay

Was one of the joys

   Of my

      Life.

George T. Parker ©2021

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. This is only the beginning of the sorts of things we can do with a podcast for Writers Forum. If you are a Writers Forum member, you can head over to a discussion with other Writers Forum members at the private Facebook group Redding Writers Forum.

I will be talking about Poet Laureates, and in particular, California’s Poet Laureate on next week’s podcast.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Geo.


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Writers Forum Podcast

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Today we launched a new tool for Writers Forum: Writers Forum Podcast.

Our web-hosting site, WordPress, recently formed a partnership with the free podcast-hosting website, Anchor. This is going to make it easy to add a dimension to our on-line presence. In addition to the text and visual elements of our blog, we can now add audio.

Our pilot episode is a simple introduction less than two minutes long. The plan is to post news, upcoming events, interviews, and possibly readings in the future.

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. What kinds of topics would you like to hear in a Writers Forum podcast?

Thanks, and have a great day!

 

Geo.


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Editing Help

Writers Forum President Laura Hernandez wanted to pass along a great editing resource she has mentioned in Queen’s Letters. This is from an e-mail Laura received from Reedsy.


Writing isn’t a solo sport. To help your books and stories reach their fullest potential, you may eventually depend on your most trusted teammates: your editors. On the Reedsy blog, we’re revealing how editors can bring out the best in a writer’s work.

The topics we cover in this guide include:

If you’d like us to introduce you to editors who can help you and your book, reply to this email with some information about your project — our team would be more than happy to make some personalized suggestions.

Happy editing,

Martin, Blog Editor @ Reedsy

 


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Correction: Riverfront Playhouse Looking for Writers

Correction: the email address at the bottom of yesterday’s post was incorrect. Please use the link in today’s post to send your inquiries and submissions. Thank you.

Riverfront Playhouse is calling for submissions for Playwrights’ Night Out. Deadline 10/15/2021.

Thank you for making the effort to do something that could be exciting and rewarding. Comedy, tragedy, drama, whatever you want. Only six 20 minute shows will be chosen and you will be part of the rehearsal process. There may be more shows if some show take only ten minutes.

Give us what you have.

YOU MAY BE PRODUCED!

Rules for Playwright’s Night Out

1.      No author will direct his or her own play.
2.      All plays are 20 minutes or less.
3.      All plays are for readers’ theater only. Lines should not be memorized to allow for changes in the rehearsal stage of production.
4.      Try to avoid frivolous cussing.
5.      Try to keep your cast less than 20.
6.      Please make at least one edit of your play before submission.
7.      There will be no costuming.
8.      Keep props to a minimum.
9.      This is sort of a table read on stage. Listen for vocal nuance, facial expression, body movement during rehearsals.

Contact Jennifer Levens for more details at  theatermaven2@gmail.com

 


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