COLLECTIVE BREATH – Week of Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at http://www.sidewayseight.co which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.
Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.
This Weeks Writing Prompt:
This week’s Prompt comes by asking for your response to a statement. Wil Gibson has been a touring performance poet and published author. He currently works with the Redwood Poetry Project (see Facebook for details). I had the opportunity to attend his workshop while he was touring through Reno. One of the writing prompts he posed was to write a letter to the monster from your childhood. That is what we’re chasing after this week. Write a letter to the monster from your childhood.
I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.
Quote(s) of the Week: (3)
Brief excerpts from a book, a movie, and a song, all called ‘Monster’
“The dream took place in the courtroom. I was trying to ask questions and nobody could hear me. I was shouting and shouting but everyone went about their business as if I wasn’t there.”
Monster is a young adult drama novel by American author Walter Dean Myers and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. It was nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2000, and was named a Coretta Scott King Award Honor the same year. Wikipedia
“If you can’t be a good example, At least be a horrible warning.” – Aileen Wuornos
Aileen was the serial killer played by Charlize Theron in the fictionalized account of her life entitled ‘Monster’ a 2003 film also starring Christina Ricci
“I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy”
Eminem (chorus sung by Rihanna) from ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ released in 2013
I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.
Piece or Pieces of the Week: (5)
To the fuzzy chested fellow
As far back
I don’t know if it is
Next Week’s Writing Prompt:
Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’
Closing Sentiments and an Invitation
That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the ‘Collective Breath’ Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page.
Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep doing. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.