John Gardner | Quotations of a Novelist | # 5

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“To put all this in the form of another traditional metaphor, aesthetic styles—patterns for communicating feeling and thought—become dull with use, like carving knives, and since dullness is the chief enemy of art, each generation of artists must find new ways of slicing the fat off reality.”

“Art is as original and important as it is precisely because it does not start out with clear knowledge of what it means to say.” ― John Gardner
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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 #165

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | ROUGH | GATE | RAG | HIP | WINE |

*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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Proust: A New Way of Seeing | Remembrance of Things Pass # 173

A NEW WAY OF SEEING

“It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.”

“The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.” ― Marcel Proust

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Don’t Lie To Me | a protest song

“I find myself quite sad these days. They say that “One picture is worth a thousand words,” so I chose 138 of them for my “Don’t Lie To Me” video! I’m grateful that music allows me to express my feelings. In my own four-minute way, I’m trying to fight against the disintegration of democracy – where truth becomes “alternative facts” and lying becomes the new norm.” – Barbra Streisand


Don’t Lie to Me
Written & Directed by Barbra Streisand

“Don’t Lie To Me” (Lyrics)
(Barbra Streisand/John Shanks/Jonas Myrin/Jay Landers)

Why can’t you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say
Why can’t you feel the tears I cry today?
Cry today…cry today

How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify
Your lips move but your words get in the way
In the way…in the way

Kings and queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Head and heart, on our knees
You can’t see what we all see

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

You can build towers of bronze and gold
You can paint castles in the sky
You can use smoke and mirrors, old clichés,
Not today…not today

Kings and queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Hand on heart, down on knees
You can’t see what everyone sees

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Where’s the new horizon?
Where’s the new horizon?

How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
Enough is enough
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Everyone answers to someone

Song on her WALL album due to be released November 2nd 2018

Owen | short film

Owen

Length 13m 37s

Hellen lives on the streets with her aging dog, Owen. Her luck seems to change when an opportunity for housing comes her way, but Owen is not allowed to join her.

Really rips at you heart and your compassion & the injustice toward the homeless people as well as their animal companions. Be prepared to feel deep emotions and the torn feelings Owen’s companion Hellen feels. It’s an embarrassment to the supposedly just community of animal caretakers who bring your anger to the surface. Unfortunately, what they do is not uncommon. They look so caring on the surface but underneath they can be just as cold and callous as the rest of those who don’t care about the homeless whether human or beast. I know this with way too much personal experience when it comes to those who are suppose to care about animals in need. – j.k

Written & Directed by Kelly Pike