Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club – December Poet: Ebony Stewart

Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club

Biggest Little City

December Poet

EBONY STEWART

Houston, TX

@gullyprincess

Books for Perusal:

Blood Fresh

Love Letters to Balled up Fists

Home. Girl. Good.

Poems Shared (Titles, Durations, and Links)

Note to self (2:35)

Mental Health Barz (5:49)

Pray Tell Them (2:34)

Burnt Sugar (4:25)

Sway (1:47)

Elegy (Quotes) Monday Night Poetry 12/5/22

I am not a finished poem, and I am not the song you’ve turned me into. I am a detached human being, making my way in a world that is constantly trying to push me aside, and you who send me letters and emails and beautiful gifts wouldn’t even recognise me if you saw me walking down the street where I live tomorrow

for I am not a poem.

I am tired and worn out and the eyes you would see would not be painted or inspired

but empty and weary

from drinking too much

at all times

and I am not the life of your party who sings and has glorious words to speak

for I don’t speak much

at all

and my voice is raspy and unsteady from unhealthy living and not much sleep and I only use it when I sing and I always sing too much

or not at all

and never when people are around because they expect poems and symphonies and I am not

a poem

but an elegy

at my best

but unedited and uncut and not a lot of people want to work with me because there’s only so much you can do with an audio take, with the plug-ins and EQs and I was born distorted, disordered, and I’m pretty fine with that,

but others are not.

— Charlotte Eriksson, Another Vagabond Lost To Love: Berlin Stories on Leaving & Arriving

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“but at the Lychgate we may all pass our own conduct and our own judgments under a searching review. It is not given to human beings, happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable, to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.”

— Winston S. Churchill

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“We pass and leave you lying. No need for rhetoric, for funeral music, for melancholy bugle-calls. No need for tears now, no need for regret.

We took our risk with you; you died and we live. We take your noble gift, salute for the last time those lines of pitiable crosses, those solitary mounds, those unknown graves, and turn to live our lives out as we may.

Which of us were fortunate–who can tell? For you there is silence and cold twilight drooping in awful desolation over those motionless lands. For us sunlight and the sound of women’s voices, song and hope and laughter, despair, gaiety, love–life.

Lost terrible silent comrades, we, who might have died, salute you.”

— Richard Aldington, Roads To Glory

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“You drank some darkness

and became visible.”

— Tomas Tranströmer, The Half-Finished Heaven

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“Elegies are poems dedicated to the dead. The American hillbilly(assuming we can use that word for the white working class) isn’t dead; she is just poor.”

— Anthony Harkins, Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy

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“For me elegy

is a Ouija planchette

something I pretend not to touch

as I push it around trying

to make it say

what I want it to say”

— Mark Bibbins, 13th Balloon

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“Little idiosyncratic expressions can form

A sense of who one is. Who one was.

One can, hypothetically, be brought back

In the form of an actor

Who gives an after the fact replication

Of text conveyed in a character’s voice.

I can no more understand the world as a stage

Of myself, mired as I am,

In this missing.”

— Mary Jo Bang, Elegy

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Elevate

The Founder of Spoken Views Collective ( http://www.spokenviews.org )
Iain Watson and I will be delivering some poetry at this amazing event today in support of Good Luck Macbeth’s ELEVATE campaign. Visit their website for more information and to DONATE.
( http://www.goodluckMacbeth.org )
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#fundraiser #elevate #elevation #reno #midtown #theatre #communitytheatre #biggestlittlecity #biggestlittlecityintheworld#renotahoe #nevada #homemeansnevada #poetry #poet #poets #poem #poems #poetrycommunity #community #poetryisnotdead #giving #vision #goal #spokenword #spokenwordartist #spokenwordpoetry #spokenwordperformance #spokenwordpoet #performancepoet #hope

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Canine Couch Cuddles

It’s the simple priceless pleasures in life which are the ones we can least afford to do without.
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#worldcup #worldcup2022 #dogs #dogsofinstagram #couchcuddles #poet #poets #poem #poems #poetry #poetrycommunity #poetryisnotdead #spokenword #spokenwordartist #spokenwordpoetry #spokenwordperformance #performancepoet #pagepoet #reno #sparks #spanishsprings #canine #nevada #vacation #holiday #rest #finn #honey #zigmac
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MNP – 11/14/22 – The Persistence of Memory/ Sense Memory Writing Workshop

Adam Grant @AdamMGrant

“Writing is more than a vehicle for communicating ideas. It’s a tool for crystallizing ideas.

Writing exposes gaps in your knowledge and logic. It pushes you to articulate assumptions and consider counterarguments.

One of the best paths to sharper thinking is frequent writing.”

Sense Memory Writing Workshop: MNP 11/14/22

Think back to a time, very early on in your life,

in which people gathered for a meal. It doesn’t have to be for a holiday. It only matters that the meal is special or distinct somehow in your memory.

1. What sounds do you remember? Things said? Ambient noise? Entertainment in the background?

2. What sights do you remember? Individual dishes? People’s faces? Decorations? Table settings? Weather patterns?

3. What touches do you remember? The way things felt in your hand in their use? Embraces with loved ones? Eating with hands? Temperatures? Proximity to one another?

4. What tastes do you remember? (Challenge: Try to describe the tastes without naming the dish and with only minimal use of listing ingredients)

5. What smells do you remember? The food itself? The scented candles? Someone’s dog passing gas or a distinctive city smell? Someone’s perfume or the froth on a beverage?

6. What spiritual purposes were served by the meal? What inner movements did you personally experience? What core memories were stamped upon your being from this instance? What was being celebrated or mourned if anything?

Using your personal responses to the field of questions surrounding your six senses, formulate a short poem (approx. 25 lines or less) which best encapsulates the overall experience of the meal at a young age.

Be sure to include a conclusion or summary of some sort which allows your audience to know your personal take away message or point of growth given the years of retrospect since the memorable event.

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The Persistence of Memory (Catalan: La persistència de la memòria) is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí and one of the most recognizable works of Surrealism. First shown at the Julien Levy Gallery in 1932, since 1934 the painting has been in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, which received it from an anonymous donor. It is widely recognized and frequently referred to in popular culture,[1] and sometimes referred to by more descriptive titles, such as “Melting Clocks”, “The Soft Watches” or “The Melting Watches”.

— Source: Wikipedia

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The Persistence of Memory

For further personal reading:

https://artincontext.org/the-persistence-of-memory/

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62725/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-persistence-memory

https://news.artnet.com/market/salvador-dali-quotes-on-surrealism-491537/amp-page

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“You welcome your children into the world knowing that if all goes the way you plan, you won’t get to see the end of their story. It seems a sad notion until you realize that’s what gives you hope for the future.”

— David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.”

Bob Dylan

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.”

Gretchen Rubin

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”

Alek Wek

“You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.”

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory. I like the atmospheres that result if episodes are narrated through the haze of memory.”

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Bohemia Night Open Mic for Season 30 Illuminate

I simply love the #newworksfestival hosted annually by #brukatheatre to help promote Season 30 #illuminate
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Thank you to everyone involved with the open mic for #bohemianight
It was lovely to hear poetry, music and bear witness to improv comedy.
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I’m looking forward to returning to the theatre today with @amandabrittney for the remainder of the festival!
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#theatre #poetry #music #poet #poets #poem #poems #spokenword #spokenwordpoetry #spokenwordartist #nevada #openmic #livetheatre #poetrycommunity #bruka30 #biggestlittlecity #biggestlittlecityintheworld #reno #tickets #festival #newworks
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Monday Night Poetry / Poetry Book Club 11/7/22

Butterfly / Andrea Gibson

“Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”
Kendrick Lamar

“When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and you cannot find your way out of darkness…
Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.”
-Necole Stephens

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
-R. Buckminster Fuller

“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
-Chuang Tzu

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
-Maya Angelou

“Everybody loves butterflies. But I trust the caterpillars more. I trust the ones who know they aren’t done.”
— Andrea Gibson

“Once I found a butterfly’s wing on the sidewalk. I wanted to keep it but I didn’t. I knew there were things I should never find beautiful. Like death. And girls.”
— Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson – A Plea for our Planet
https://youtu.be/JsmKDa2qQ-w

Andrea Gibson – Love Me to Life
Andrea Gibson – Love Me To Life

Andrea Gibson – Angels of the Get Through
Andrea Gibson – Angels of the Get-Through (Lord of the Butterflies Tour, Vancouver)

Andrea Gibson – Undoing our codependency, one butterfly at a time
https://youtu.be/MA51OsllJaM

More by Andrea Gibson…
http://dianapressey.com/incredible-andrea-gibson-poems/amp/
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Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club – 1st in person Gathering

COMING SOON – 11/7/22
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FIRST IN PERSON GATHERING
@poetrybookclub.blc
November’s Poet of the Month
@andrewgibby
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Writing Prompt(s):
Write in response to the singular word
“BUTTERFLY”
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
(45th Session – November 7th, 2022)
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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After MNP
1st in person gathering of
Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club
@poetrybookclub.blc
Focusing on Poet Andrea Gibson
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Monday Night Poetry w/ Collective Breath Poetry Book Club

11/7/22
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Writing Prompt(s):
Write in response to the singular word
“BUTTERFLY”
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
(45th Session – November 7th, 2022)
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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After MNP
1st in person gathering of
Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club
@poetrybookclub.blc
Focusing on Poet Andrea Gibson
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Poetry Therapy Workshop

Poetry Therapy Workshop

“Poetry provides us with the history of the human heart.”

— BILLY COLLINS

The goals of poetry therapy are:

• To develop accuracy and understanding in perceiving self and others;

• To develop creativity, self-expression, and greater self-esteem;

• To strengthen interpersonal skills and communication skills;

• To ventilate overpowering emotions and release tension;

• To find new meaning through new ideas, insights, and information; and

• To promote change and increase coping skills and adaptive functions.

 “The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don’t think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.”

— Margaret Atwood

“Poetry therapy helps patients to become more spontaneous and creative… Poetry is one of man’s deepest expressions, and emotions are thereby released. A poem has been described as the shortest emotional distance between two points, the points representing the writer and reader.”

– Jack J Leedy, MD, Poetry Therapy: The Use of Poetry Therapy in the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (New York: Lippincott; 1969)

“Poetry empowers the simplest of lives to confront the most extreme sorrows with courage and motivates the mightiest of offices to humbly heed lessons in compassion.”

― Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Source: https://pickmeuppoetry.org/poetry-therapy-healing-your-creativity/

Where am I right now?

Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually

Besides what is obvious to the host of the workshop (you’re all in Shim’s Speakeasy)

Try an eight sentence response dedicating two sentences to each of the four fore-mentioned qualifiers.

Acrostic poem:

H-

E-

A-

L-

I-

N-

G-

If you were your own care provider, what would you love to hear?

Blackout Poem:

Using your paragraph answers to the opening question ‘Where am I right now?’

Write a poem entitled HEALING (use provided markers)

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Monday Night Poetry – September

COMING SOON
MONDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
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Writing Prompt(s):
TO BE DETERMINED EACH WEEK
(Follow for ongoing details)
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
.
Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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