Nagoya Writes

August 9, 2014

July Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:29 am

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July 2014 Open Reading Review

There was a good turnout this month – 9 participants, with 7 readers.

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Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
~ A Frozen Track ~
Gates are just beautiful, no matter the aesthetic value.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Untitled 1 ~
But my sister ate too many chips n’ dip and she threw up mayonnaise so we had to go home early.

Yi Jihyun ( South Korea )
~ Petty Frustration ~
I told her there was no doggy doo in France. She seemed disappointed.

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ From “Grocery Store Romance Amalgamation” ~
…two enormous cumulous clouds converging from either end. Their facing edges separate into
five tendrils apiece, which coagulate, define, and then two great white hands interlock their
fingers and pull down, scooping up the whole scene and drawing it close to the breast.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )
~ Ghost-Sensei ~
I believe that Jeffrey-sensei is an intelligent man. He must be, because he comes from England,
and Oxford is in England.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Kumano Fireworks ~
I was so surprised to see people sleeping on the floor of AEON.

John Vidler ( Australia )
~ Revelers on Sumida River ~
I watch as they drift further along
Slowly slipping into the past

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Thanks to everyone who joined.

The idea of reviving the writing workshop was also brought up. If anyone is interested or has
any ideas about organizing, please bring them to the next meeting.

Brett

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Coming up:

August 31st: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.

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June 25, 2014

June Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:08 am

June 2014 Open Reading Review

I thank all the new members in joining our circle with three debuts. Bringing new thoughts to our gathering.
This Reading had a good mix and flow with six voices.

Alex McLaren ( UK ) -Debut-
~ Hylozore Review ~
I found myself wishing I could ‘Teep the fridge to find out what was in there.

Tammy Stone ( Canada ) -Debut-
~ The Smile ~
In the car accident the concussion she got immediately covered up the fact that she lost her short term
memory, which left her everything she had before the accident and a pleasant smile for everything that came after.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ Nursery Rhyme ~ by Rin Ishigaki
Daddy is dead / Put a white napkin on his head
~ Nameplate ~ by Rin Ishigaki
Where the spirit lives / the nameplate shouldn’t be hung by others, / Ishigaki Rin / that will do
~ When I Was at My Most Beautiful ~ by Noriko Ibaragi
When I was at my most beautiful / town after town came crashing down.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Dragonfly ~
I was good at Hypnotizing and catching dragonflies.
~ Marbles –  translated from Moto Hagio
This society is controlled very quietly and peacefully.

Yi Jihyun ( South Korea ) -Debut-
~ Emotions ~
Let the emotions grow for they look so beautiful for me.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ Letter of Pain ~
The sharing of thoughts breaks the wall of loneliness that can encase us all.

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Review’s quotes:
Speculating doesn’t hold a candle to being there.
Thank you all for making it happen.

Coming up:
July 20th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers from

Albert & Brett

 

June 3, 2014

May Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:17 am

May 2014 Open Reading Review

These are the days of spring when Japan’s weather is at its best.
It was a good turn out with new and old readers for a good mix.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ Rikuzen-Takata ~
That security of knowing where the last tsunami had reached proven life taking wrong.
~ Cycling Haiku ~
traveling alone,
one savers the essence,
of each word spoken.

Linda Donan ( USA )
~ Misunderstandings and Mistakes ~
I’m just a kid, and so we don’t really like talking about girlfriends,
kissing, and stuff like that. But we do like talking about bad breath.

Kyoko Okamoto  ( Japan )
~ recital of Assembly Line Workers (TED Talk) ~
This equation of Western demand and Chinese suffering is appealing.
~ Haiku ~
A Buddha carved in wood
Lets a fly walk
On his big palm

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Grocery Store Romance Amalgamation ~
Like it’s what you’re always freakin’ doing. Peeling off your skin to
where you can’t feel the air in front of your face just so you can look
in the mirror at your own skull and poke at it like it’s going to tell
you something. It’s what’s screwing you up. That’s prolly why you
used it as a threat.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Marble Game ~
Please send an investigator. We have a psychic.

Rich Buckley  ( Cornwall )
~ Lessons Learned ~
has the penny dropped  and
where does it stop?

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A new record for the NW… three debut at once. Keeping the Nagoya Writes alive.

Coming up:
June 15th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers from

Albert & Brett

 

June 2, 2014

April Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 7:22 am

April 2014 Open Reading Review

The Reading went quite well. There were 8 people in total.

Rich Buckley ( Cornwall, UK )
~ Prayer ~
Some of us / Thank You / for our Condition. / Some, no thanks.

Linda Donan ( USA )
~ Sudden Trouble in Tiajuana ~
It really happened, and it happened so fast that I didn’t have time to fight like they would in the movies.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
~ River Running ~
It’s not my fault that you messed up,” he’d been screaming internally for years.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ China Pot ~
Miracles taking place moment after moment
~ Reflections on All my Emotions and Non-Emotions ~
Shadow is a shadow is a shadow. Where is the object that is casting that shadow?

Katsuyuki Seto ( Japan )
Haiku
The whole world howling

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Chapter 1 ~
He leans forward, sending a shimmer through the serial numbers embedded in his skin.
“Naw man I tell you what. You breathe on this one. It’s almost done anyway. On the house.”

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Tiramisu ~
Tiramisu – an Italian dessert that means pick me up.
~ Spring Haiku ~
New year in the office
Excitement of the employees at new desk layout
They are as innocent as children

Kyoko Okamoto  ( Japan )
~ 4 Haiku ~
On lovely Children’s Day
Elderly occupy all benches of the park
here have the children gone?

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Recorded by Brett Hack

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A new record for the NW… three debut at once. Keeping the Nagoya Writes alive.

Coming up:
May 18th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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April 6, 2014

March Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:30 am

March 2014 Open Reading Review

One’s world expands or retracts depending on the amount of courage one holds.
I was gladdened by the correspondence and turn out at the last Open Reading.
Thank you all, for the courage to come out and share your literary work.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
prose    ~ Anagnorisis ~
Creativity was not going to have a limited palette.
prose     ~ The Dragonfly~.
The rest of the class followed swinging their small fists and shouting together, freedom!
freedom! freedom!.

Brett Hack ( USA )
poem     ~ In Front of the Meat Market ~
A bucket is overturned / and thus is my seat / my concrete podium of silence.
poem    ~ As if I were a Singer ~
As if my loins produced thoughts / And my words gave birth to children.
Prose (translation) ~The Night Is Short, Walk Fast, Fair Maiden~ by Tomihiko Morimi
Our thumb becomes the cornerstone of hatred, smashing all those beautiful things we were meant to protect.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
prose ~ Charcoal ~
It’s not as if they are non-sentient , trolls just have problems with independent thought.
prose      ~ Thailand Adventure ~
Still chirping .. enjoying the scene.
prose     ~ Untitled ~
Books are meant to be read..

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
poem     ~ Kuma-san,  by Michio Mado ~
poem     ~ A Poem to Celebrate a Wedding,  by Hiroshi Yoshino ~
poem     ~ Quiet Married Couple,  by Tadashi Amano ~

Kyoko Okamoto  ( Japan ) debut
poem       ~ 5 Haiku ~
The elderly are active nowadays
They stir the water in the pool
quite satisfied and go home

Emanuele Ito ( Switzerland ) debut
poem       ~Survival, Peter Bichsel~
All my life I have to spend in jail, I’d have to spend outside as well.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan ) debut
poem       ~ Toast Master’s Club ~
My first speech was a disaster.

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A new record for the NW… three debut at once. Keeping the Nagoya Writes alive.

Coming up:
April 20th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Open Readings: It is said practice makes perfect.
Yet beware: Sometimes we get set into a routine and then keep repeating it over and over.
Never improving.  This is a danger of writers when they don’t get feedback. A good anti dope is
to doubt > to search > to find > to doubt.  The last doubt keeps you from that dilemma
of repeating mistakes. Hence the need for open readings.

Help to spread the word.

cheers

Albert Sussler

 

February Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:05 am

February 2014 Open Reading Review

This year has been a slow start. Three and then two attendees for the last two Open Readings.
I was looking forward to a good turn out this time, with a half dozen notifications of people
planning to attend.  Yet it ended up being I and Brett. The time was well spent giving useful
suggestions for improving our writing.  Getting a different view point makes all the difference.
I wish more would take advantage of these Open Readings. It is a vicious circle, when few attend
then few want to attend.

I need to know, when you are planning to attend and when your plans change and can’t come.
Nagoya Writes is a community of creativity and needs your active support. I am happy to hear
from so many concerning March. At this point  seven have notified me they will be attending.
Pura Vida to Nagoya Writes.

Brett Hack ( USA )

prose    ~ Grocery Romance Acclamation ~
The sounds come out on their own, exuded like gas passing out of the mouth, a function without meaning.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

prose     ~ Road to Sendai~.
The mural sparkled in the light like the day I had taken it out of the kiln, for the power of ceramics does not fade with time.

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Coming up:
March 23rd: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00 P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.

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The Nagoya Writes appreciates all writers, both professional or amateur. We all gain when each of us gains.

Wish you all the best for your much needed holiday and inspiration for works for next year.

Help to spread the word.
cheers

Albert Sussler

February 8, 2014

January Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 8:39 am

January 2014 Open Reading Review

The start was subdued with only three readers. Shoichi joined us as audience. The mood soon changed.
In the two hours we did several rounds of readings. Each person doing one piece then the next taking turn.
We covered much material and with many laughs. The time flew by.

Brett Hack ( USA )
prose   ~ Pachinko ~
Pachinko requires that the player hold a deathly stillness for the duration of
the game.
prose   ~ Grocery Romance Acclamation ~
Power money fame all that shit comes from a working dick.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
shaggy dog story   ~ The Flounder ~
That couldn’t be the whole story.
prose   ~ Darwin’s Dragons 1 ~
If one could see the future, it would be incredibly easy not to be found.
prose   ~ Darwin’s Dragons  2~
Her Paranoia had grown so much that she barely knew how to step outside
without being engulfed by fear.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
joke   ~ Studying a second lesson ~
On the table was a feast of senbe and rice ball, more than the mice had
ever seen.
shaggy dog story   ~ The Throne ~
It was such a fine throne that the king could not refuse it though he already
had one.
prose   ~ Omikuji ~
When I got back to the house I compared it to the ones before and was
shocked when I found the Omikuji to be identical to the last year I had just
finished.

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Coming up:
February 23rd: Sunday
Open Reading: from 1:00 ~ 3:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

After the reading we confirmed the organizer and web site manager for this new year.
I and Shoichi will continue as before. We are still in need of a workshop organizer
and publicist. All your input is appreciated  to keep Open Readings alive.
Each person gives a special energy  and uniqueness  to our exchange. We welcome your
efforts and spice. Do join us at our next event.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers

Albert Sussler

December 28, 2013

December Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 11:08 am

December 2013 Open Reading Review

This year for the first time in the Nagoya Writes history we pulled off 12 Open Readings for the year.
We could not have done it without so many stepping up to the plate. Thank you all for making it happen.
For our last event we had Five Readers Readings and a party at the end.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
poem   ~ Tree ~  by Shuntaro Tanikawa
Until the day I fade I go nowhere.
poem   ~ Naked ~  by Shuntaro Tanikawa
I am afraid to touch myself.
poem ~ Once Upon a Time ~ by Shuntaro Tanikawa
I wondered about my belly button and always fell asleep playing with it.

Brett Hack ( USA )
prose   ~ Grocery Store Romance Acclamation ~
The way you test every step before you take it, the way your eyes bulge at everything they see because each thing might be an answer.

Lydia Irby ( USA ) debut
prose   ~ Walking with Mom ~
One day my adventures took me to a street beyond the furthest street she had ever crossed.
poem ~ Sounds of Nagoya ~
… the click of a cane from a woman wearing gold shoes.

Ernie Schaal ( USA )
prose   ~ Funeral – The arrival of Beth ~
He never sees a real Japanese ballet performance because he is afraid it won’t live up to his expectations.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
Joke   ~ Big and Small Decisions ~
If deciding where you live is a small decision, what is a big decision?
Prose   ~ The Reporter. ~
I asked some villagers to protect the car so that it wouldn’t be eaten by the lion and headed back to Nairobi to get new tire tubes.
Essay   ~ Myths we are Taught~
Columbus called the natives ‘In Dios’ because they were naked like god.

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Coming up:
January 26th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

We will be picking positions for our new year, so if you want to be the
hand for organizing the NW, editing the web site, organizing work shops and organizing publicity,
let us know, as we decide after the January Reading.
This all takes team work. That is what keeps the Nagoya Writes alive and kicking.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Wish you all the best for your much needed holiday and inspiration for works for next year.

Help to spread the word.
cheers

Albert Sussler

December 13, 2013

November Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:20 am

November 2013

Everyone I heard from had the same opinion. It was such a good reading.
A good mix of old faithfuls who bring to our group consistency. Members who have been a away for quite sometime and refresh us
with their efforts they have been working on in their closets. And new members who pull us in a unexpected direction with
new waves of ideas. This last Open Reading had all this and more.

Eight Readers Readings.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
Essay    ~ Breathing ~
Master breathing and your world expands.
Essay     ~ Things you may not know about me.
I have found teaching English as a tool for making art or sharing ideas motivates children to study far more than text books.
Prose    ~ Kamakura Beach~
The kicker ran up to the woman and threw himself down in front of her with his face in the sand and pleaded,’ I’m sorry, I’m sorry ‘ over and over.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
poem       ~ In the Bush ~
Three dogs were chasing one another’s tail, as if to say this were the core truth of the dog society.
poem      ~ The Adams Apple
That bone was the last one I picked up from my father’s remains at the crematory.
poem     ~ Ptolemaic Theory ~
Nevertheless, it is moving and in the same manner as I am aging.

Luci Willis ( UK )
prose       ~ Rodio ~
They whipped the crowd into a frenzy, but there was no frenzy.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK ) debut
prose      ~ Cigarettes ~
For a moment I can close my eyes and pretend it smells like you but it doesn’t, not really.
prose     ~ All the Kings Men ~
Whispering knights, traitors to the king.
prose     ~ Darwin’s Dragons ~
Magic could not see why the fire did not burn just for him.

Iain Moloney ( Scotland )
prose     ~The Wasting Embers ~

David Tooley ( USA )
poem       ~ Piercing the Night ~
Here is an ever moving target and never quality for a place.
poem     ~ Poem at the End of the World ~
They said that the radiation will fill oceans.

Linda Donan ( USA )
prose    ~Maria’s Uncle Jesus finds me ~
I had trouble to explain the bear was a telephone.

Ernie Schaal ( USA )
prose   ~ Funeral ~
I awoke early on the day that Beth would arrive, as if that would make her come earlier.

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Coming up:
December 15th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Thanks everyone for making the event such a special reading.

Help to spread the word.
Albert Sussler

November 10, 2013

October Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:24 am

October 2013

Our debut at our new location, the Kameshima Community Center, got to a wonderful start.

We had a new member, Luci, and two; Joan and Roy, who have not been with the NW for many years,
join us. The readings were powerful portraits reflecting on deeply feltexperiences from our pasts.

The staff at our new venue have been kind to us and the room offered is a good size, quiet,
well lit and climate controlled. It is a relief to have found such a good home for our future Open
Reading.

2013 October Open Reading at Kameshima Community Center

2013 October Open Reading at Kameshima Community Center

Readings:

Luci Willis ( UK ) debut
prose   ~ Hollow Woman ~
I try to let the waves of her negative pass over and into the sea.

Joan Anglin ( USA )
prose  ~ Foreign Coins ~
The pleasures I have at hand are those that lie in foreign lands.
prose ~Vegas Venus ~
Love is like a slot machine…
prose ~ Spent in Distance ~
My closeness grows in your departure. Or is it in mine?

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
poems by Tozaburo Ono
~ The Ostrich ~
so the ostrich dashed out into the cit — leave him be
~ Memory of a landscape with little birds ~
it’s no good …. no more
~ Flocks of Sparrows ~
The earth reflected upside-down
~ Enormous Fish ~
How surprising — that the small fish had swallowed smaller ones

Albert Sussler ( USA )
poems    ~ Droodles ~
Safe danger, getting out of one’s comfort zone: Sharks on a
guided tour.

Ernie Schaal ( USA )
prose   ~ Funeral ~
Of course I am being morbid, I’m at a funeral.

Roy Hernandez ( USA )
prose   ~ Library of Alexandria ~
Land mass sometimes slowly sometimes fast disappears into the sea.
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Coming up:
November 24th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

The Nagoya Writes new location is at the
Kameshima Community Center.

Click HERE to see where it is.
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To cover the cost for the venue there is a 500 yen cover charge.
Thank you all for your efforts.

Help to spread the word.
Albert Sussler

quote:
Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing
what you saw… remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.
~ Audrey Hepburn

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