Featured Poet: Amy Fruchtman; Special Guest: Dean Hayes II

Ashtabula Artist, Dean Hayes II, stops by to discuss the poetry submitted to us by PA poet, Amy Fruchtman.

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Destination Detour: CoLaboratory 2: “Just Please Don’t Speak it Yet”

This week Shawn and JM made another collaboration video, because they are fun to do.

This poem’s prompt was “pickup the nearest book, go to page 29 and use the first 10 words you see to write a poem”. We each picked 5 from the nearest books. For Shawn, that was a Dylan Thomas collection, for me it was a book of Haiku about Zombies. This made for an interesting set of words.

The poem turned out to be a lesbian love poem. We are both proud of it.

Just Please Don’t Speak It, Yet
JM Romig & Shawn King

The harbor skyline unwrinkles
as the sun shrinks from a bright and brilliant gusher
into a dying glow-worm on the horizon

The city behind us settles in for the night
as the last of the working class zombies
punches her time card for the day.

On the park bench, looking over the river
we unwind, watching the smoke
from your cigarette carry
out towards the water.  

You and I,
and these drugged up
dropped out zombies

of this ghost-town harbor
are all that linger

I run my fingers across your palm,
putting on the voice of a wild gypsy
pretending to divine us a future
far from this place where our pumpkin
will forever be a chariot
our gowns, never again rags in the midnight hour.

You giggle, and cover your mouth,
as if joy is unbecoming of a lady.
I smile as if to say

“Come with me,
Ditch all these antiquated ideas of woman-ness.
Lets take off all our clothes,
and run naked and honest
into the dying sun
to express our forbidden love
in the daylight of some other city
far far away.” 

You let go of my hand,
and stare down at the pavement.
“You know this can’t last forever”
is what your eyes loudly express

“I know…”

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“Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks.”

So much truth in this short article.

The Daily Post

If you write for an audience — be it millions of strangers or your mom — you inevitably think about how your words appear to others. Very often, this self-consciousness results in overstuffed prose and too-clever storytelling. Here to remind us of the virtue of simplicity in writing is Raymond Carver, a master of narrative and linguistic economy:

“I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer…

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