John Gardner On Life and Writing #13

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers


john-gardner-on-becoming-a-novelist-cover“When I was a child I truly loved: Unthinking love as calm and deep As the North Sea. But I have lived, And now I do not sleep. ”
John Gardner

“One must be just a little crazy to write a great novel. One must be capable of allowing the darkest, most ancient and shrewd parts of one’s being to take over the work from time to time. ” John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose


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 such as 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

Amendment 10/60


“In a post nuclear era where owning books is a felony and the intellectual community is persecuted, a group of scientists is trying in vain to find a way to save the world. A Professor’s assistant will be called upon to make the most difficult decision of his life.

The story takes place in a world a little different from our own; an alternative reality. In this parallel universe history took a different course.” – by Anonymous

This film will give you the chills. It may be subtitled in English but you feel everything in the voice of the power of the world a young scientist is living in with his wife. His chance for them to escape is to figure out a physics formula. What the result of it’s solution, you can discover from seeing the actions of the citizens of the world in this parallel universe. It is chillingly similar to 1984 and Fahrenheit 471.


Committee trying to resolve world’s problems

Since the choices were not electorally voted on in a manner fitting our Constitution-the election in the USA was wrongly interpreted. Now the world may be facing a fate similar to the one found in Amendment 10/60. A frightening world to look inside – seeing the doom of the fate of free thinkers, intellectuals, readers, artists, poets, scientists. It is where some people would like to see as the direction we find ourselves living in our near future. Not me. I like the freedom to express my thoughts. To write my stories. Telling the truth contained between the lives and loves of the characters. Or in the subtle abstractions contain in the subtleties of my poetry. Expression of ideas is essential for a civilization to function and thrive. Our world is a mess and needs healing and coming together to develop a unified and peaceful union. All of us together aiming for a peaceful resolution and freedom and support for all the world’s citizens.

I am a progressive and want to see the world become a place where everyone is accepted for who they are, not judged for it. Having books to allow our minds to think. I want freedom without violence. It is an unnecessary part of life, violence. But it is in the genes of some part of those born in this world. Why anyone would choose to live out their violent tendencies is beyond my sensibilities. To gain pleasure from causing pain and killing other humans or creatures who want to live. It should be a right to live in peace without the threat of injury or death hiding in plain sight but not seen or expected. Who would expect while out enjoying our friends at a local cafe we would be bombarded with bullets and bombs exploding? No one, but it is happening more frequently. We live our lives trying not to expect the unexpected, otherwise we would all go mad. But the villains are out there in wait & in our government. Never do we expect we will be a target or our friends will be killed by not so friendly fire. We must take out the reasons for such brutality. End the war based on an elusive religious ideology. Does it really exist in reality or does it originate in someone’s nightmare and they are spreading their poison, spilling out into the world through the cyber media, recruiting lost children who seek something to be part of. But why choose violence and slavery to death?


Vibration happens after young scientist enters formula

Let us return to this film.  Watch it to aid in helping to convince anyone, discipline is not the answer. One will not find freedom in restrictions. Laws too strict are the breeding grows for violence to grow. See history. Look at drug laws and prohibition. Restricting people from having thoughts, whatever they might be, is what causes violence to grow. Disagreement is natural. It is what we do with our differences. We need to listen and hear in order to understand our differences and to accept each individual as a separate entity. Allow them to grow. Help each other to understand we do not have to be enemies. But first we need to stop and think what we say out loud. It means finding an inner sensitivity. We do not need leaders who are filled with bluster who work up the masses into a frenzy and blind them to the sensitivities that everyone deserves respect and acceptance. Difference should be seen as an addition to society not as an invasion of our culture and society. Combining our differences will make us all grow. We don’t want Walls destroying our freedoms and union.

This films shows those with the mob mentality going after the young scientist. They want to stop him from changing the prison, absent of free thought, from which somehow they feel comfortable being part of. Like those who allow places like Nazi Germany to flourish. If you lived in a regime of utter control, a reasonable person would think one would want to see it change.

Watch this film to see what happens to the scientist and his wife. The only two people you will be routing for in “Amendment 10/60.” The ending is very curious. You, the viewer must decide what occurred with the scientist in the laboratory. It is a moment where imagination comes in. Amendment 10/60 is a film all the world needs to see in order to develop insight into what is happening all around us. The danger is spreading and some people are being drawn into the cults of madness, some disguised as pretending to be a leader of the free world. Who do we want to guide us? I surely do not want someone who acts and sounds like a boisterous, outspoken leader of the new Nazi party. Restrictive and totally lacking in understanding or even the ability to get beyond his own mirror image. Not being able to tolerate dissension and especially not being able to deal with criticism or lack of being loved by all the masses. Honesty is not within him to grasp.

Think for yourself, but be sure you are well informed before making a decision to help in changing the whole world away from the destruction the now present person living in the White House is leading us towards and maybe actually stopping him. Hoping Congress will stand for the people & not just to protect their jobs in future elections. But for the right reasons-listening to the voices of the people-the one’s who cast their vote and won with the popular vote. And for the women and men who joined them for the Women’s March on Washington DC and across the States and the World. Let us absorb it all and take a stand. Now it’s time to watch the film. – jk


Amendment 10/60 – Akis Polizos

Genres . . . Short | History | Mystery | Sci-F
Rating . . . PG
Length . . . 22m 15s
Country . . . Greece
Language . . . Greek [English Subtitles]
Release Date . . . 7 September 2013 (USA)
Director/Writer . . . Akis Polizos
Cinematography . . . Yannis Drakoularakos G.S.C

Orfeas Avgoustidis . . . Professor’s Assistant
Yiorgos Gallos . . . Officer
Alexandros Logothetis . . . Professor
Vicky Papadopoulou . . . Wife
Manos Vakousis . . . Sebastian Vitman

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New Year’s Revolutions 2017


les visages dans la neige par j.kiley

'maggie the cat'

‘Maggie the Cat’ | Roars & Purrs

New Year’s revolutions are my personal commitment to improve my life through effecting the alteration of my future goals, projects, habits, to anticipating the New Year and my growth with new beginnings. It’s my own revolutions as exhibited through my potential resolutions, it’s just I will attempt to do them with vigor.

Most commit themselves each year to New Year resolutions. A plan generally to last the whole year. These lifestyle changes are generally interpreted as advantageous but we all tend toward the impossible to achieve, setting us all up for a form of failure, not our intention. Never take attempts as failure, if success is not the result. Keep in mind the actual trying is the success. If the success succeeds at more than 20%, that’s amazing and is deserving of inner and outer praise. For all who meet the goals, (some – all – or many), applaud the accomplishments.


licornes blanches par j.kiley

If New Year’s Resolutions aren’t a thing, than live life with wishes and limited restrictions. Hallelujah! Let Us All Be Free! It’s most important. Brave on into the Unknown and Hope for the Best of the GOOD (providing that is the preference).

My intention for the New Year 2017 is to work on writing in any of my choices of form, creating art, transforming my psyche, hoping for the improvement of my health (if possible),  and experimenting with a variety of changes in postings. I hope these will be enjoyable, thought provoking, entertaining, enlightening, fun, and always an element of serious & abstract thought and design, appearing fairly often.

Ideas I wish to explore, when possible, will include mental health issues, more specifically bipolar, children’s issues, pertinent issues in the news, film reviews and trailers, music videos, humor, or whatever is serendipitous. We’ll see.

Look for more experimentation in the New Year. maggie-the-cat-paw-print1Hoping it will be an experience for those who visit ‘the secret keeper’… feeling something, having a reaction (whatever it might be). – j.kiley 💖 ⏳ 💫


I Will Remember You – Amy Grant

Elaine Stritch performs Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” (for Obama Family @ WH)

Elaine Stritch is no longer with us and the Family Obama will be exiting the White House and MAY THE POWERS THAT BE HELP US & I don’t mean the IDIOTS about to take over the Executive Branch of the White House. May We All Survive???

Patti Smith – People Have The Power

TOWANDA! 💨💫💥 ☮ 🕉 ☯🖖🤘✌

Viewers may think that they can process it all

by Stephanie Gray

but they are fooling themselves,
if there’s a window open you might have a chance,
if you hadn’t all gone to Holy Name,
if the world didn’t change,
if you only bent the laws of physics so much,
if the tides weren’t so strong on the Hudson,
if you didn’t have to go,
if it wasn’t a dream you still believed in,
if that different kind of memory didn’t take hold,
if your muscle memory didn’t steady you,
if you didn’t have orders you couldn’t ship,
if you didn’t see what you saw,
if the crawl wasn’t always hungry,
if there weren’t celebrities in every sphere,
if you didn’t know all the criminals in the neighborhood,
if nothing ever happened here,
if it wasn’t a country club,
if there wasn’t magic in actuality,
if you didn’t dislocate the phrase,
if you didn’t grind the blue sky,
if it hadn’t been a downward trajectory,
if the shadow didn’t undo itself,
if you all weren’t all on break,
if everyone didn’t shut down,
if Canada wasn’t in the escape plans,
if the future wasn’t sparkling with nostalgia

© 2015 by Stephanie Gray
(Argos Books 2015)
(my editing on poem-for poets take click on GRAY)


‘Main Street, Stockbridge’ by Norman Rockwell (1884-1978)

“Just as cinematic language can bypass rational intellect and converse directly with memory, intuition and dream, Stephanie Gray’s poems casually subvert normative forms of communication and activate a kind of collective vernacular consciousness. “All the back roads changed. . .I had a job connecting dreams,” she writes, while her language does the mysterious work of linking philosophical rigor with delicious humor and deep investigations into the sonic. Hers is a poetry of vernaculars: of aphorisms, truisms and idiomatics, of the exhaustive pleasure to be found in lists, chants, catchphrases and “variations on a theme.” After reading Gray’s poems, it is impossible to hear cultural commonplaces in quite the same way—like Gray, you will want to make them your own. . .” (evaluation by Elizabeth Clark Wessel – 17th June 2015)

stephanie-grayStephanie Gray is a poet and filmmaker known for short Super 8 films that explore the experience of urban space and gentrification, queer identity and feminism, and disability and class. She is the author of the poetry collections Heart Stoner Bingo (2007) and Shorthand and Electric Language Stars (2015), which includes images and stills from her films. In Artforum,Amy Taubin noted, “Poetry informs the place from which she [Gray] speaks as a moving-image maker and her camera-eye informs her words.” Gray is also the author of the chapbooks I Thought You Said It Was Sound/How Does That Sound (2012) and A Country Road Going Back in Your Direction (2015). She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. In June 2015, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City held a retrospective of her work.