The Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will meet on May 16th at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, members will read Englyn poems based on a lesson by J. Paul Holcomb in March. J. Paul’s April presentation featured a discussion of resources and procedures used to submit poetry to state and national competitions.
After J. Paul’s presentation members and guests will share free-choice poems.
As a way to promote National Poetry month, Patrick Lee Marshall, J. Paul Holcomb, Masood Parvaze and Richard Weatherly participated in a taste and talent event on April 25 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Byron Nelson High School to benefit their scholarship program.
On April 23, The Merging Visions, Collections V, poetry and art catalogs were distributed at a reception in the Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory, Denton, Texas. VAST collaborates with the Denton Poets’ Assembly, the Greater Denton Arts Council, and the Denton Public Library to create an annual exhibit of paired original art work and poetry in celebrating ion of National Poetry Month. Parts of the exhibit will be traveling to various library locations in Denton after leaving the Center for the Visual Arts.
During the May Poetry Society of Texas monthly meeting in Dallas on May 9th, DPA members Diane Glancy served as the Program Speaker, and Masood Parvaze, the Spotlight Poet. Diane read poetry from several of her books and gave ideas for key words and phrases that could be used to generate new poetry. Masood read several selections from his book and some new poetry not in the book.
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 http://www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com
Announcing the May 16th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting
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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.
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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Poem: Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism
Dear Reader, this is the first time I’ve personally posted my new award winning poem It placed 1st in the Poetry Society of Texas Performance Poetry Annual Competition. Credits follow the poem. The poem is written in the form of a Dramatic Monologue.
Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism
Thank you my dear friend Ferdinando for the honor of your presence. To think that only seven of the ten cardinals of the inquisition voted for conviction of near heresy with threats of torture, puzzles me. I know, it could have been much worse, this house arrest brings such a burden of loneliness. I miss my daughter Marie Celeste. Her encouraging letters bring me more comfort than you can know. My mission is to make God’s design of the cosmos known to all men. Would that my oppressors could see Jupiter’s moons move in such synchronicity. If only they could see how mathematics predict the future positions of those orbs. Instead, they placed my work on the Index of Forbidden Books, and argue that my work violates scripture. I say not so! My theology agrees with Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. One cannot take all scripture to be literal. My work is built on those who came before. Men like Aristarchus almost nine hundred years ago. And recently Copernicus and Kepler have added to the body of work on heliocentricism. You must tell no one of what I shall tell you next. A friend has asked me to share my, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. One day it will be my witness and a force for good my friend. No sir, I cannot publish it now. One day my friend, I will be exonerated. For now, I dare not risk being permanently separated from my darling, Marie Celeste. Her gentle spirit and kindness has given me a reason to live. May my detractor’s eyes one day be opened. Soli Deo Gloria.
Previously published in the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year 2015
© 2014 Richard L Weatherly
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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.
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.
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
On 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.
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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
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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Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941
In recent years I have recounted the attack on Pearl Harbor based on accounts of the events shared by my dad, Andrew C. Weatherly Jr. He gave a first hand account of experiences that day while aboard U.S.S. Raleigh CL-7. Raleigh and its crew survived one of the first torpedo hits that day and took an armor piercing bomb about an hour later.
This year I would like you to read about the attack as presented by the American Legion an organization I am a member of.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet, or so many Americans believe. But six months later, that “crippled” fleet defeated a massive Japanese task force at Midway.
Ninety-six ships were in the Navy yard at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Of these, the Japanese sank or damaged only 18, and 11 were back in service within a year.
The attacking Japanese fleet, led by Vice Adm. Chūichi Nagumo, had six aircraft carriers and two battleships, plus cruisers, destroyers and support ships. It arrived 275 miles northwest of Oahu, and at 6 a.m. launched the first attack wave of 183 aircraft; this was followed by a second wave of 168 planes. The first wave arrived over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m., and the attack continued until 9:45 a.m.
– See more at: http://www.legion.org/honor/225354/pearl-harbor-what-it-meant-why-we-remember#sthash.QuOPcI6O.dpuf
Link to complete article from the American Legion.
Previous posts that I shared in the past on the Pearl Harbor Attack and one by Patty Wiseman. Patty and I share a unique bond, both of our dads were aboard U.S.S. Raliegh CL-7, a light cruiser attacked on that infamous day in 1941.
Pearl Harbor: The Memories Are Forever, by Patty Wiseman
72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, by Rich Weatherly
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Meeting Announcement: Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting November 15, 2014
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 www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com
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