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Announcing Denton Poets’ Assembly meeting, October 17th

Greetings Friends~ The Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet again Saturday, October 17th from 10 A.M. to noon. Members and guests are welcome. Free Admission. See link for details. DPA October 17, 2015.

Denton Poet’s Assembly welcomes all poets, members and guests to our October 17th meeting of at the Emily Fowler Central Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  J. Paul Holcomb plans to deliver a lesson. Please join us for a timely poetry presentation.

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Reblog – Denton Poets’ Assembly July 18th Meeting

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The Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will meet on July 18th, at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, DPA member and guest speaker will be Diane Glancy. Diane is an award winning poet and author. She will share her experiences at the NFSPS convention in Florida, including the 50 categories for poetry and will share the contest brochures.

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Memorial Day, 2015

A Tribute to Memorial Day-
Reblogged from Thomas Drinkard

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.



An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick…
W.B. Yeats

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I looked at the records and see that I posted this bit of poetry two years ago, for Memorial Day. I can do no better, two years later.

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.


                                                                 OLD SOLDIERS

                                                         An aged man is but a paltry thing,
                                                         A tattered coat upon a stick…
                                                                            W.B. Yeats

 Old soldiers from all our modern wars
crowd into the same slice of time,
-in Veteran’s Hospitals,
waiting together,
mutely bonded by losses,
-empty spaces that surround
and define us.

Sitting on an uncomfortable island of vinyl
awash in a surf-rolling susurrus of voices,
cocooned inside my silence,
untouched by misery and despair
swirling in the crowded air like cigarette smoke,
stinging exposed nerves.

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Back to The Original Purpose

Thomas Drinkard is an author friend and posted a new article on the writing craft. I enjoyed it and hope my followers do as well. Here’s ”
Back to The Original Purpose” by Thomas Drinkard.

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The blog purports to be about writing, but I haven’t posted anything about that craft/art in some time. It’s time to get back to it.

A couple of years ago I attended the writer’s conference, in Nashville, TN, called Killer Nashville. I met several nice people and talked with three or four literary agents.  The featured speaker was the well-known novelist, Jeffery Deaver, who described his approach to writing—extensive outlining.

A speaker whose name I cannot remember introduced us to Christopher Vogler’s book, The Writer’s Journey.  That book explores the similarity of narrative patterns in fiction. It owes much of its background to the works of Joseph Campbell in The Hero With A Thousand Faces  These patterns, or archetypes,  exist in stories as dramatically different as Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz.

I decided to create my own story, using the the elements described by Vogler.  In…

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“To the Bully” by author & poet Rich Weatherly ( @richweatherly43 )

I’m honored that Belinda Witzenhausen posted one of my most recent poems, “To the Bully.” I want to thank Belinda and give my followers and readers an opportunity to read and comment on it if it resonates with you.

Thank you!

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Oh yes, we’ve seen you in action

even when you tried to hide it.

You taunt, tease, belittle,

provoke and pester

those who you find weaker than you,

or those you think are different.

You know…

the little guy, the geek,

someone from a different race, religion or region.

You make anonymous threats on social media,

a trip in the hallway or push in the back.

Or do you whisper about others to friends

just out of earshot of your victims?

Do you brush your teeth in front of a convex mirror,

Trying to build an inflated ego?

Do you pick fights or openly confront

or do you step out from behind your anonymous curtain

to push, shove or strike unprovoked blows?

Have you taken more trips to the principal’s office

than you can remember

or been taken into custody by local police.


If this is you, then you need help…

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National Poetry Month – Reblog from Denton Poets’ Assembly

Celebrating National Poetry Month in April

DPA logo ProcessBlueOn April 18, the Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will host our next monthly meeting at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, members will read one of two free choice poems.
After the first free choice poetry reading, J. Paul Holcomb will share a lesson for April on processes involved in submitting poetry for competition and to other venues. After J. Paul’s presentation members and guests will share more free-choice poems.

On April 10 Masood Parvaze, Patrick Lee Marshall and Richard Weatherly participated in the first NRH Poet’s Corner event, sponsored by the City of North Richland Hills. Poet’s Corner is an opportunity for poets to share their writing with the local community.

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Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement March 21, 2015

  On March 21, the Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will host our next monthly meeting at the Emily  Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Visitors and guests are welcome.


Denton Poets’s Assembly meeting announcement, March 21, 10 – noon. See link for details

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Reblog: Little Voices, Little Scholars

by Jenny She

I was saddened to learn today that social media friend Jenny She from Auckland, NZ lost her battle with cancer on February 11. I’m blogging Jenny’s last post as a tribute to this loving teacher and friend.

Little Voices, Little Scholars

As part of the Literacy learning process, Mrs She’s children over many years wrote stories and then drew pictures to illustrate their stories. This story writing was integrated with childrens’ Inquiries. Children also recorded their stories in movies so that they could share them with the world. We are proud of this work.

Farewell Mrs Jenny She

 This is the final post for Little Voices, Little Scholars.
Written by Russell Burt, the principal of Pt England School.
Mrs Jenny She, the creator of Little Voices, Little Scholars, a teacher of Pt England School, and a well known innovator with digital technologies in education, passed away peacefully this morning.
Jenny She was known for her cheerful smile, her ‘can do’ and ‘give it a go’ attitude, her indomitable courage and refusal to complain about anything at all.
She completed the 2014 year of teaching, refusing to give up and, although increasingly frail, never ‘took it out’ on others and unceasingly gave of her best until the last day of the school year.
She was steadfast in faith, gracious in adversity and she had friends and followers all over the world. We are all privileged to have witnessed her victory over cancer and the difficulty of her condition.
Well done Jenny, you have left us with an outstanding example of grace and courage. A rare quality of cheerful determination to persevere and serve, no matter what.
Farewell, we salute you. You have, in the words of a Pt England saying, “shown us what OSUM looks like!”
Truly well done Jenny She.
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Reblog: A Poem for Holocaust Day, 2015 by Tom Drinkard

On January 27, 2015 survivors of the Holocaust and world leaders come together on this 70th anniversary in commemoration of  the liberation of the survivors. The rest of this post is by…

By Thomas Drinkard

While reviewing this before posting, I was struck by the years.  We spent an afternoon, in May of 1971, walking through the Dachau Concentration Camp. I didn’t finish writing this for four more years.  Now, twenty years later, reading it is almost painful. As everyone says, “Never again!”  I hope that’s true, but what I see in places held by ISIS and Boko Haram, as well as other—less well-known—terrorists, I wonder.  The quote at the beginning was actually on a road sign along the Autobahn in 1971.



“Visit Dachau, the 1200 years old artists’ centre with its castle and surrounding park offering a splendid view over the country.”



       “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds . . ..” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Meeting Announcement: Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting November 15, 2014

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On November 15th Denton Poets’ Assembly returns to the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, Texas. The event will start at 10a.m and end at Noon.Our members will be read Minute poems, poems that are 60-syllables in length for their monthly assignment based on a lesson presented by J. Paul Holcomb, the Poet Laureate of Lewisville. In addition, we look forward to another poetry lesson this Saturday.

 Afterward, we invite members and guests to read free choice poems.

In August DPA members submitted entries to the Poetry Society of Texas Annual Awards competition for 2014. On Saturday, November 8th PST announced the winners. DPA did well!

Listed in alphabetical order:

  •  Annie Neugebauer had first, second and third-place awards and many more in the top ten.
  •  Beth Honeycutt received a first place award and three others in the top ten.
  •  Cindy Wood garnered 2 second and one third place awards and one more in the top ten.
  •  J. Paul Holcomb was awarded 1 first, two second, 1 third place awards and several other poems placed in the top ten.
  • Robert Schinzel placed in the top ten.
  • Richard Weatherly received a first-place award.

Former DPA member Jan Spence had three first-place awards and several others in the top ten.

Members and guests, we hope to see you there!

Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

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