Nagoya Writes

February 5, 2017

January Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 1:39 pm

January 2017 Open Reading Review

First meeting of this bird year, 2017. Thoughts on nature and inner-reflections.
Sharing of our writings and sharing of suggestions. Afterwards, we made plans
for this coming year. Looking forward to our continuing progress.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Rock Garden” ~
No Rock in the center, for nothing is in the center, balance is always changing.

~ “Four Haiku” ~
Light.
Like dawn and dusk glow
most telling illumination
Character of child, of aged.

~ “Rokujijukugo” ~
Focus too far, miss the surroundings

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Freedom walks with compass

Masako Izumi ( Japan )

~ “A Gold Fish” ~
Chased by the children’s hands, the happy dreams were fleeing
from place to place in the water.

~ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” ~  by William B. Yeats
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Coincidence of number 12” ~
No one knew that the 12th would be the last day we saw him.

Ayumi Shibata ( Japan ) -Debut-

~ “Door” ~
It’s me inside of me.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “A Morning Scene” ~
You pass though one of those things which eats them here and sticks them out there.

~ “Walk” ~
I couldn’t excuse the clouds hanging low over me.

~ “To my First Born” ~  by Hiroshi Yoshino (Translation by Kenji Inoue)
Like Vultures / They arrived / Zipping their black briefcases / Open and shut

S. Elliot ( USA )

~ “Entry One” ~
Science equals truth, truth equals beauty.

~ “Water” ~
Hydrogen – Oxide on earth essential to life ubiquitous to liquid state called water.

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Coming up:

February 19th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.

Location: Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.

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

 

December 23, 2016

December Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 8:42 am

December 2016 Open Reading Review

December, saying goodbye to 2016, there was a good turnout.
Always warmth in sharing creativity, inspirations and feedback.
I am thankful for all the efforts of our members.  Each person makes special every reading.
Keep the creativity simmering.  We will need it for the months ahead.  2017 will be a challenge.

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Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Innocent” ~
There is something peculiar about the ghost in the corner.

~ “Ohio” ~
You may rise sir.

Masako Izumi ( Japan )

~ “River” ~
The dealing between love and hatred makes the current upside-down.

~ “This was a Poet” ~  by Emily Dickinson
Entitles Us — by Contrast —
To ceaseless Poverty —

~ “The Poets light but Lamps” ~  by Emily Dickinson
The Wicks they stimulate

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Psychological Assessment” ~
She has given me the after hours numbers in case I feel anxious or suicidal.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Japan Difference” ~
Wanting to pay the bill, protest three times.

~ “Being Santa” ~  by Charity Hutchinson
I had to remind him that NO ONE could ever know what he did, or he wouldn’t be a Santa.

~ “Yojijukugo ( 4 words )” ~
Know the wind’s direction.

Iain Maloney ( Scotland )

~ “The Waves Burn Bright” ~
Panic on the horizon like a fiery dawn.

S. Elliot ( USA )

~ “Contours” ~
Finding himself transported out of the train and into the darkness peppered with distant stars.

~ “Faces” ~
Kelly sent the next hour wondering if there wasn’t really something else behind that face.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “A Beggar” ~  by Shiro Murano
It is his existence that moves along with a soul like an infant with no relatives to turn to.

~ “A Railway” ~
Somebody’s terminal must have been a railway instead of a station.

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Coming up:

January 29th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.

Location: Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.

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

 

December 17, 2016

November Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 7:05 am

November 2016 Open Reading Review

For our November meeting.
Images of nature, observing our surroundings and our place in this world.
Several new members joined our gathering, sharing fresh styles
like adding new spice to our readings. Thanks all for sharing.

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Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “To Wait” ~
To walk, not being able to stay still while waiting.

~ “Mop” ~  by Hisanori Katoh
Ripped, wrung, dried-out and twisted, the Mop is left on the floor of a late night kitchen.

Masako Izumi ( Japan )

~ “Night River” ~
The tip of its tongue licking the night.

~ “One Art” ~  by Elizabeth Bishop
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

~ “Sistina” ~  by Elizabeth Bishop
Hovers above the old grandmother and her tea cup full of dark brown tears.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Zen of Rock and Sand” ~
There is no perfection in the world, imbalance is what creates all movement and energy.

~ “Yojijukugo ( 4 words )” ~
Childhood, everything is astonishing.

S. Elliot ( USA )  – debut

~ “The White Noise” ~
A large crab lathered in the bubbles  of its own saliva, scooping a pincer across its face, as if bathing.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Demon Blade Bearer” ~
The gargoyle sat on a handle which contained three blades with sharp tips and flat edges spun into one winding sword.

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Coming up:

December 18th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.

Location: Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.

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

 

November 16, 2016

October Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:48 am

October 2016 Open Reading Review

Halloween Eve Open Reading.

It was a good turn out for our October Open Reading. Seeing old and new faces.
Adding our thought together. No two meetings are ever the same.

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Ernest Schaal ( USA )

~ “Boo” ~
Getting apples ruined Halloween for me.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Voice Recorder” ~
Even in those weathering wrecks, we want something to be discovered.

~ “Journey of a Paper Bag” ~
It felt lonely since there was nothing inside itself.

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

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Gold Teeth” ~
Smiling rarely, but when he did, it made me angry to see all that wasted precious metal, sparkle.

~ “Yojijukugo ( 4 words )” ~
Anticipating pain, reduces pain.

Masako Izumi ( Japan )

~ “Get Up Late in the Morning” ~
In my head my words are circulating.

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Coming up:

November 20th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.

Location: Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.

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

 

October 2, 2016

September Review

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September 2016 Open Reading Review

Triple feature day for the Nagoya Writes.

In the early afternoon. Shoichi, Bam and I presented some of our works at the Aichi
Vision 2016 Music and Arts Festival.  Thanks to Joe Sichi and staff for inviting us,
spreading the word to a wider audience.

Later in the afternoon we were joined by Hidemi and Steve for our Open Reading.

In the evening, we were invited to a Vietnamese dinner party of lemongrass curry.
A day to remember.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Refrigerator” ~
The old refrigerator, with the loose of its electric charge, had become … junk,
much like a husband who had been laid off from the factory he had worked for his whole career.

~ “Carelessness” ~
This feeling of being, is entwined with imagination.

~ “Yomnoji-jukugo” ~
Smell senses one’s lifespan.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ “The Final Decision” ~
The endless vigil at old and deserted sites, hoping to see things that never would appear.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Bullet to the Brain” by Tobais Wolff ~
In the end it will do its work and leave the troubled skull behind, dragging its comet’s tail
of memory and hope and talent and love into the marble hall of commerce.

~ “Poetry of the Dangerous Classes” ~
15 minutes, that’s why people take pictures of themselves rather than butterflies these days.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Each Day has a Title” ~
Today I remembered, I will celebrate my anniversary alone at Starbucks with a cake.

~ “The Race grows Sweeter near its Final Love” ~
I could slow down and let him beat him, then be condensing and resentful.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Hole in the Wall” ~
I visited there in the dark of the night and it was so cheap but the house shook when
someone walked up the stairs.

~ “Signals” ~
I see signals here and there, is that what they call reality?.

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Coming up:

October 30th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Marunouchi Cafe near subway Marunouchi station exit #4

Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.  (Pleae note that the venue has been changed.)

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

 

September 13, 2016

August Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:15 am

August 2016 Open Reading Review

Hot humid days of mid August. Many of our members are out exploring, to find adventure before returning to work.
A few of us gathered to share our thoughts, then return to the heat of the long days of summer.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Wabi-sabi” ~
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, that is where the beauty lies.

~ “Dream” ~
Why is my mind trying to make me believe I lived in a place that never existed.

~ “Joke: The temple’s tradition.” ~
If we don’t come to a solution, people will argue about the tradition.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Abekobe Words” ~
The scope of secrecy is even secret.

~ “Beach” ~
The shoes they wore everyday were worn out repeatedly.

~ “Toronagashi” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
Those who take to the oars in a small boat on the dark river coexist, just a while,
With those who left individually before.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Zenogiyasu” ~
Fate gives me something special but I must give back fate something special.

Shun Ikeda ( Japan )

~ “The Long and Winding Road” by Paul McCartney ~
Why leave me standing here, let me know the way.

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Coming up:

September 25th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00 P.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

 

July 2, 2016

June Review

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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

 

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