Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 17th 2022

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For this session we read a poem First Fall by Maggie Smith, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write an introduction to a season or Write about knowing it will come back.

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Please join us for our next session Friday October 21st at 12 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


First Fall by Maggie Smith

I’m your guide here. In the evening-dark
morning streets, I point and name.
Look, the sycamores, their mottled,
paint-by-number bark. Look, the leaves
rusting and crisping at the edges.
I walk through Schiller Park with you
on my chest. Stars smolder well
into daylight. Look, the pond, the ducks,
the dogs paddling after their prized sticks.
Fall is when the only things you know
because I’ve named them
begin to end. Soon I’ll have another
season to offer you: frost soft
on the window and a porthole
sighed there, ice sleeving the bare
gray branches. The first time you see
something die, you won’t know it might
come back. I’m desperate for you
to love the world because I brought you here.

Credit: poetryfoundation.org
Maggie Smith, "First Fall" from Good Bones.  
Copyright © 2017 by Maggie Smith.  

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 10th 2022

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For this session we read an excerpt from “Whereas Statements” by Layli Long Soldier, posted below. 

Our prompt was:  Whereas…

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Please join us for our next session Monday October 17th at 6 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


Excerpt from “Whereas Statements” by Layli Long Soldier


Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 9 Οκτωβρίου, 7:30 μ.μ. EEST

Στην πρώτη αυτή συνεδρία του φθινοπώρου, συμμετέχουσες και συμμετέχοντες από Καναδά, Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, Κύπρο και διάφορες περιοχές της Ελλάδας συζήτησαν το ποίημα «Η αλεπού» της Κατερίνας Ηλιοπούλου. Αρχικά σχολιάστηκε η δομή του ποιήματος – με το πρώτο του μέρος πιο κατανοητό και το δεύτερο πιο αινιγματικό, και στη συνέχεια ο συμβολισμός της αλεπούς ως «ένα ζώο γεμάτο αντιθέσεις», «και σοφό και άγριο», «όμορφο», «ασυνήθιστο», «άφταστο», «χωρίς εξαρτήσεις». Μια συμμετέχουσα είδε στην ρευστότητα της κίνησης της αλεπούς και στον τρόπο που «οι πατούσες της βηματίζουν στο βλέμμα σου» να αντικατοπτρίζεται το πεπερασμένο του ανθρώπινου νου, που, όπως και στην περίπτωση της σπηλιάς του Πλάτωνα, δεν είναι πάντα σε θέση να «δει» την αλήθεια παρά μόνο ατελώς και αποσπασματικά. Διέκριναν όμως και την πρόθεση του ποιήματος να στρέψει την προσοχή μας σε αυτήν ακριβώς την παραδοχή της ατελούς φύσης μας, την ανάγκη διερεύνησης των ορίων μας και το «άνοιγμά μας στο μη εξηγήσιμο.» Κάποια μέλη της ομάδας μίλησαν για τον ευδιάκριτο ερωτισμό του ποιήματος ως εκπορευόμενο από τη ζωώδη και συνάμα παιγνιώδη φύση της αλεπούς.  Η λέξη «περισσεύει» με την οποία κλείνει το ποίημα ομόφωνα εντυπωσίασε την ομάδα με την υπαινικτικότητά της και τις ποικίλες ερμηνευτικές δυνατότητές της.

Το θέμα πάνω στο οποίο τα μέλη κλήθηκαν να αποτυπώσουν γραπτώς τις σκέψεις τους ήταν «γράψτε για τη φορά που είδατε φευγαλέα…». Μίλησαν για την αναζήτηση στο πλήθος ενός αγαπημένου προσώπου — «της πρώτης μου αγάπης» — και την απορία αν «ήταν τελικά αυτός που είδα» χρόνια μετά τον χωρισμό× για φευγαλέες, συνειρμικές σκέψεις και την «ώρα μηδέν» της ανάδυσης στη συνείδηση, ως αυτοαναφορικό σχόλιο στην ίδια τη διαδικασία γραφής που εφαρμόζεται στις συνεδρίες μας× για τη γλώσσα του σώματος, απρόβλεπτη και αδιαμφισβήτητη,  που έρχεται να διαψεύσει τα «καθωσπρέπει λόγια»× και για μια γούνα αλεπούς, ένα «απομεινάρι ζώου», που, φευγαλέα και αιφνιδιαστικά,  ανακτά για λίγο την άγρια ζωντάνια του.

Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας παρακάτω.

Καλούμε όλες και όλους που συμμετείχατε να μοιραστείτε όσα γράψατε κατά τη διάρκεια της συνεδρίας μας παρακάτω (“Leave a reply”) και να κρατήσουμε αυτή την τόσο ενδιαφέρουσα συζήτησή μας ζωντανή, υπενθυμίζοντάς σας, βεβαίως, ότι αυτή είναι μια δημόσια πλατφόρμα και η πρόσβαση ανοιχτή στο κοινό.

Θα θέλαμε να μάθουμε περισσότερα  για την εμπειρία σας με αυτές τις συνεδρίες. Αν το επιθυμείτε, παρακαλούμε αφιερώστε λίγο χρόνο σε μια σύντομη έρευνα δύο ερωτήσεων!

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Κατερίνα Ηλιοπούλου, «Η αλεπού»
(Μέτρα Λιτότητας: Ανθολογία Ποίησης.
Επιμ. Κάρεν Βαν Ντάυκ. ‘Αγρα, 2017)

Μέσα στη δέσμη του φωτός
   εμφανίστηκε
Διέσχισε το δρόμο
Μια μικρή καφέ αλεπού. 
Και ξανά το επόμενο βράδυ
Πίσω από ένα θάμνο φευγαλέα
Και μια άλλη φορά η ουρά της μόνο
Σκούπισε το σκοτάδι
Και από τότε πάλι
Τις πατούσες της να βηματίζουν στο
   βλέμμα σου
Το ζεστό γούνινο σώμα της
Ανάμεσά μας να σκιρτά
Πάντα σε πέρασμα ποτέ σε στάση.
«Μα ποια είσαι;» τη ρωτήσαμε
«Είμαι» είπε, «αυτό που περισσεύει».


Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT October 7th 2022

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For this session we took a close look at photos from a series titled Bedside Manner by Corrine Botz, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write who is seen.”

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Please join us for our next session Monday October 10th at 6 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


Bedside Manner by Corrine Botz

“ Wilton ”
Credit: Corrine Botz
“Willy Ann”
Credit: Corrine Botz
“ Lori ”
Credit: Corrine Botz
“Hands”
Credit: Corrine Botz

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 3rd 2022

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For this session we look a close look at the short animation film titled “Bitzbutz” by Gil Alkabetz , posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write or draw a time you felt eaten up inside.

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“Bitzbutz” by Gil Alkabetz


Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 30th 2022

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For this session we read a poem In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver , posted below. 

Our prompt was: In a few words, name what is difficult to put into words.

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Also, we would love to learn more about your experience of these sessions, so if you’re able, please take the time to fill out a follow-up survey of one to two quick questions!

Please join us for our next session Monday October 3rd at 6 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
everything
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go

© Back Bay Books, 1983.

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 21st 2022

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For this session we read an excerpt from “Man Camp” by Claire Boyles, from her book of short stories titled Site Fidelity, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write about cocky absolute certainty.

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An excerpt from “Man Camp” by Claire Boyles


Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 19th 2022

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For this session we read a poem A Green Crab’s Shell by Mark Doty , posted below. 

Our prompt was:  Write about your shell.

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Please join us for our next session Wednesday September 21st at 12 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


A Green Crab’s Shell by Mark Doty

Not, exactly, green:
closer to bronze
preserved in kind brine,

something retrieved
from a Greco-Roman wreck,
patinated and oddly

muscular. We cannot
know what his fantastic
legs were like—

though evidence
suggests eight
complexly folded

scuttling works
of armament, crowned
by the foreclaws'

gesture of menace
and power. A gull's
gobbled the center,

leaving this chamber
—size of a demitasse—
open to reveal

a shocking, Giotto blue.
Though it smells
of seaweed and ruin,

this little traveling case
comes with such lavish lining!
Imagine breathing

surrounded by
the brilliant rinse
of summer's firmament.

What color is
the underside of skin?
Not so bad, to die,

if we could be opened
into this—
if the smallest chambers

of ourselves,
similarly,
revealed some sky.

Credit: poets.org

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 16th 2022

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For this session we look a close look at the painting See You On the Other Side by  Matthew Wong (2019), posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write about where you stand.

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Please join us for our next session Monday September 19th at 6 pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.


See You On the Other Side by  Matthew Wong (2019)

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Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 12th 2022

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For this session we read a poem Wildflowers by H.E. Fisher, posted below. 

Our prompt was:  When I was little….

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Wildflowers by H.E. Fisher

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