Nagoya Writes

July 2, 2016

June Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 8:02 am

June 2016 Open Reading Review

For June we were at a new venue.  Near Tsukiguchi Station in the library of a ‘share house’.  It was pouring outside.

Very happy on the good turnout and variety of works presented adding various flavors to our creative plate.  Happy to have Joe join us after many years but also sad to lose Isabelle who will be moving to new adventures in Vietnam.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “What they say about Trump” ~
He has a tenacity to sprinkle lies so heavily that truth loses all taste.

~ “Dog Whistle ~
Scream,”Their taking your freedom”, and then watch as the American goes into shock.

~ “Riverlands” ~
It will be dangerous, some never return, but trust in the three forces of nature and they will stay by you, bringing you there and back with the great sea turtle.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Unexpected” ~
Why is it taking you so long for you to die fatty, she said as she pointed her camera phone at him.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Two under the tree” ~ a poem from ‘Chieko’ by Kohtaroh Takamura ~
I burn quietly holding your hand…

Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ “Levels” ~
The person sleeping in the bed was not her mother, it was a man.

Joe Sichi ( USA )

~ “Unglued” ~
You are going to get better and we are going to walk right out of here.

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Coming up:

August 21st: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Location: Space Sakura, Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Please click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street, next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

May 28, 2016

May Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:23 am

May 2016 Open Reading Review

This month the Open Reading had a better turnout. Crowded?
No, just right for giving each work time for a read, a discussion and helpful suggestions for improving.

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Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Adam’s Apple” ~
The bone was the last one I picked up from my father at the crematory,
and that one got stuck in my throat.

~ “Utraman” by Katsumi Sugawara ~
A child has only a future as I only have a past.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Reflections of a Mirror” ~
Watch carefully without watching.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Forces of Nature” ~
Sounds reassuring yet haunting at the same time.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Words Writers overuse: in poetic lexicographical form” ~
Smart ass, smile, smirk, soft, same, somewhat so.

~ “Zeta” ~
shivering skin, tingling nerves, an excess twist.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Final Fantasy Five” ~
Emptiness banished to other dimensions.

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Coming up:

June 19th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Near subway Tsukijiguchi station

Map to the venue: Please see our Facebook Group page.

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

May 14, 2016

April Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:43 am

April 2016 Open Reading Review

The Nagoya Writes goes back several decades. A literary, English speaking circle, that give writers a chance to express their work in a supportive surrounding.  It has waxed and waned in its many years.  Some come often for a period of time, then move on.  New voices join with new views and styles.  The Nagoya Writes flexes with the times.  Last year was a good run.  Often with a full room of writers joining in.  This year, there is change with some key members having moved on.  I hope we can wax once again.  I have talked with new arrivals and look forward to their contributions.  If you have not attended for a long time or feel shy about joining a new group, I encourage you to join in.  We need your efforts, your writings and your voices to make the Nagoya Writes vibrant.

Readings:

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Mirror” ~
Momotaro… is not a story of friendship, its a story about a rich warrior bribing
a poor dog, monkey and pheasant with food to fight for him.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Best apology, change behavior.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Things I usually do” ~
Not to be able to remember the nam of an important person, though I can
remember trifling matters about the person.

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Coming up:

May 22nd: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

March 16, 2016

February Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:21 am

February 2016 Open Reading Review

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ Poem: “Kanji of pleasures” ~
Kanji have a magic woven into their strokes.

~ “Knowing the Prefectures” ~
The only place to be destroyed by Godzilla 28 times.

~ Joke: “Japanese Business Lunch” ~
To be polite, I must buy everyone’s lunch, thought the Tokyo Businessman.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
How could he manage to live his life without knowing that he didn’t own his own soul,
until this moment he had lived his life merely renting it from her.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Ko ko ni iru  ( I”m here )” ~
Have you seen a big sky?  When did you last breath deeply?
Widening the gap in between, why don’t you smell the sky and atmosphere?

~ “Do you see over there…?”  ~
I start to feel the people around me are very important and can’t be exchanged for anything else.

~ “Song” by Kazue Shinkawa ~
The song that slips from the lips of a women
after giving birth to her first child
is the sweetest song in the world.

Iain Maloney ( Scotland )

~ “The waves burn bright ~
…How do people ever get used to being around guns?, I asked Ash… she’s American, she should know.

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Coming up:

April 10th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

January Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 5:41 am

January 2016 Open Reading Review

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “What do you want to be.” ~
What do you want to be does not deserve a one word answer.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Lose rhythm, problems compound.

~ “The Coroner” ~
Holding back tears, this girl seemed so much like my daughter.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Memory of Tokie” ~
She was generous, peaceful, broadminded smily friend and she was smart.

~ “Nurses must smile all the time.” ~
Patients the nurses pay attention to most, are those who don’t have visitors and the doctors stop coming.

Naoka Shibata ( Japan )  -debut-

~ “Morning Relay” by Shuntaro Tanikawa~
On this earth, always somewhere, morning is starting.

Setsu Suzuki ( Japan )  -debut-

~ “Please don’t bundle me.” ~
Please don’t pin me down, like an insect in a specimen box.

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Coming up:

February 28th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
followed by a pot-luk dinner.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

December 13, 2015

December Review

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

December 2015 Open Reading Review

Bringing to a close 2015, a busy year for the Nagoya Writes. Twelve Open Readings. Some meetings attracting as much as 11 presenters as well as a few guests. We can enjoy a crowd but that is not what makes a good ‘reading’. It is the mood that is created. It is the sparks that shine, when members bring to share what their imagination have been working on, alone at their table.

With each presentation, our writings can improve. We share to expose, rather than to impress. Feedback from listeners, lets us know what is clicking and what off beat. I have been to various Open Readings venues. Some are punctuated by readers that strive to impress with their shock and awe, then leave without a care for those who follow.

I am thankful we are a circle that supports and cares for each of our creations. We all have a chance to shine.

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Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Boku (Me)” ~
It is me on the inside who is not seeing anything at all

~ “Marui Senaka (Curved back)” ~

With no voices to break their quietness

~ “Soshiki no Renshu (Funeral Exercise)” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
In order not to be upset / By the death of my parents / I have been practicing a funeral

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The Doorman’s Holiday Nemesis” ~ Deliveries by Alina Dizik
Bring a white glove experiment to residents who are getting more boxes than ever.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Winter Haiku” ~
Dark calls then silence / Hundreds perched on high tree limbs / Funeral of crow.

~ “The Playboy” ~
I enjoyed the tug of morality and curiosity, that unique tension.

~ “In / Out” ~
Out really didn’t want to go out but because mother pulled his tail, Out had to go out to find In.

Isabelle Dunnet ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
Only an idiot tells his form.

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Coming up:

January 24th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00 P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

November 26, 2015

November Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 11:17 am

November 2015 Open Reading Review

Our gathering on warm day. No respectable November should be t-shirt warm.
Themes of drink , drink, culture and cats.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Know Tea” ~
I wish I could describe camellia sinensis and its drink in a few words, but its complicated.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Creativity makes us human.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Diary- Complaints” ~
My mouth said yes, but my heart was shrinking.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Strange Dreams” ~
I am not sure if it is fiction or nonfiction because it is a story of my dream.

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “A Fixed Idea” ~
Randoseru is borrowed from the Dutch word ‘ramsel’ which means backpack.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Relying on Technology of Robots” ~
Robots is a solution for the labor shortage.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The Cat” by Yoko Sano ~
The cat never cries, for the cat, dying was no big thing.

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Coming up:

December 6th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
followed by a pot-luk dinner.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

November 8, 2015

October Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:33 am

October 2015 Open Reading Review

With themes of love and death, disappoints and success
our gatherings bring life to our writings.

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Tammy Stone ( Canada )

~ “Amma Ashram” ~
I decided I just have to surrender to her desires because I have no clue what she wants.

~ “Four Wives” ~
The true self is the only thing that remains when all is gone.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Toothpick” ~
The more I sharpened / The smaller and more pointed it became

~ “Pencil Sharpner” ~
Abandoned scrapped words in a trash can / Are waving with a gentle breeze

~ “Collapse ~
The word that slipped from a soaring mountain
Is looking up the hight it cannot climb by stself

~ “Traffic Accident” ~
That was at the intersection of figure of speech

~ “Mountain Climbing” ~
Each time I breathed in and out / I told myself / That I was getting closer to the height

~ “Snow Flake” ~
With the word that I’d like to have tasted
Being stuck at the tip of my tongue
I could do nothing but standing there silently

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Ban Magic” ~
It was the most dangerous place to be but the only place where he could learn to survive.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The End” ~
Which is easier starting things or ending things?

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Tattoo” ~
If he ( Trudeau ) wanted to enjoy a hot spring, what would happen?

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Golden Arm” ~
I saw my husband’s face, his closed eyes seemed to look at me, daring me but I was past caring.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Relics Returned” ~
People told how their lives have been effected by bad luck ( after taking relics from Pompeii ).

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Nobel Prize” ~
Our research wouldn’t come true if it weren’t for team work.

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Coming up:

November 15th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

October 10, 2015

September Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:09 am

September 2015 Open Reading Review

Our literary gathering circle is thriving.  The warmth of sharing creativity.

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Tammy Stone ( Canada )

~ “Formation: Five Rupee Poems” ~
Why not reach for the sounds the body knows; how to laugh and cry with?

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “4200 Kilos” ~
If people remain themselves…they will be in nature and feel everything.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Three choices related to one’s destiny.” ~
You can’t run away from the room but must stay all your life.

Yasuko Hatano ( Japan )

~ “When I was most beautiful” by Noriko Ibaragi ~
When I was most beautiful, I was the most unhappy.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Experience” ~
The more failure people have the better the task is.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Canned Lion” ~
I became an evening mist, Reo thought in a haze.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Free Flow” ~
I became abnormally interested in snake bites.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Yommoji Jukugo ( Four Kanji Poem” ~
Antelope created cheetah speed

~ “Cycle from Himeji” ~
Two things will happen in travel;
you will meet new people,
you will mess up then see how long it takes to recover.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Introduction” ~
Action driven, don’t tell it, show it.

~ “Darwin’s Dragon” ~
He played in the shadows because the shadows were safe.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Me” ~
Coming to the same walls again and again

~ “Smoking Lessons” by Yoko Isaka ~
Women have clung to their lovers, saying “Don’t throw me away” —

~ “Island” by Rin Ishigaki ~
it’s impossible to really know this island
impossible too,
to stay here.

~ “Three Fish” by Rin Ishigaki ~
If there’s anything / more right than this /
said the fish, / rising to the water’s surface //
name it.

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Coming up:

October 25th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

September 13, 2015

August Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:37 am

August 2015 Open Reading Review

The end of summer brings our thoughts together again.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Blind Eye” ~
Dad, every time you get feisty, your beeper starts making wide swings on the heart monitor graph machine.

~ “Artist Statement” ~
To be satisfied with my abilities but also by my imperfections that are revealed in my work.

~ “It is not okay to just start talking to people you don’t know. – The Onion” ~
You comfort zone is there for a reason, … so you can stay comfortable.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Olympics” ~
I hope the government shouldn’t waver about its decisions and stick to the first plan.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
People who’s locks are too clean, would always be surprised when they are picked.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Stay Cat” ~
Can you imagine what a change from a dirty thrown away cat, that has gradually regained her health is a lucky cat?

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “I Love to Read Detective Mystery” ~
I wonder why humans can’t build a nice country.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “A Volunteer for Natural Disaster Damage Control” ~
Like a pot-luk party, we bring our own food to learn about each other’s culture.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )  -Debut-

~ “Pakistan Medical Students” ~
The Pakistan government has decided to limit the number of female students for medical studies.

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Coming up:

September 27th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Thanks for all the notices letting me know you will join.

Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

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