Proust: ‘The Readers’ Truth’ | Remembrance of Things Pass #151

THE READERS’ TRUTH

“In reality, every reader, while he is reading, is the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument, which he offers to the reader to permit him to discern what, without the book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. The reader’s recognition in his own self of what the book says is the proof of its truth.” ― Marcel Proust

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Billy Collins | a poem

Poet – Billy Collins | Born: March 22, 1941 (age 77), Manhattan, New York City, NY


Introduction to Poetry
By Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Billy Collins, “Introduction to Poetry” from The Apple that Astonished Paris. Copyright © 1988, 1996 by Billy Collins. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press.

The Vale of Cashmere | a short film & haiku review

MATURE

Haiku Review of the short film The Vale of Cashmere. If you feel challenged join in and write your own Haiku. Leave it in the comment section. Thank you. j.k

WITCH-E STORIES

Breath heightens excitement
Playing games in the woods . waiting
Death touches flesh once

© j.kiley 2018
Haiku

The Vale of Cashmere | Video Horse

Urban legend has it that Prospect Park’s Vale of Cashmere is a dangerous place. Guy, Chris, and Sophie are taken by its folklore one autumn afternoon.

Rating . . . MATURE . Hard R
Genre . . . Thriller . Urban Legend . Gothic
Length . . . 11m 32s

Director: Michael Patten and Joe Skinner
Writer: Joe Skinner
Starring: Webb Allen, Alexa Lim Haas and John Sheridan

John Gardner | On Becoming a Novelist | #25

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“O the ultimate evil in the temporal world is deeper than any specific evil, such as hatred, or suffering, or death! The ultimate evil is that Time is perpetual perishing, and being actual involves elimination. The nature of evil may be epitomized, therefore, in two simple but horrible and holy propositions: ‘Things fade’ and ‘Alternatives exclude.’ Such is His mystery: that beauty requires contrast, and that discord is fundamental to the creation of new intensities of feeling. Ultimate wisdom, I have come to perceive, lies in the perception that the solemnity and grandeur of the universe rise through the slow process of unification in which the diversities of existence are utilized, and nothing, ‘nothing’ is lost.” ― John Gardner, Grendel

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism . including . On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away. – j.kiley

Weekly Writing Challenge #142

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | CITY | GRASS | PLAY | RANT | WATER |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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