A Poem: Precautionary Measures
Love’s in need of love today
send yours in right away
the powerful and productive work of human feelings-within us-among us & in the world
sadness letting go of that which irretrievable
fear escaping from danger
anger righting wrongs
acceptance accepting responsibility for one’s own part–making peace with that which is beyond one’s personal and singular power without help and support
excitement preparing for fulfillment- replenishment-attainment-restoration
joy the overflowing triumph-pleasure-jubilation-fulfillment-attainment & restoration to do powerful-productive-creative-healing work in the world
the impuissant consequences of the use of human feelings to advance
the privileges of white male racial-ethnic-gender-religious entitlement-power & dominance
rage calculated use of anger and Othering to do harm
hate tactical use of fear and Othering and dehumanize bully exploit incarcerate harm kill
aggression deliberate use of hostile-coercive-provocative-violent behaviors to intimidate & bully Others to do harm
lawlessness intentionally break covenant to sully-distort-upend religious-civil & laws & legal-civil-social & religious norms to Other & perpetrate harm
terrorism to systemically and systematically instill fear-cause harm by Othering- separating-dehumanizing-imprisoning & killing to dominate & eliminate those deemed Other by any & all means
Hate’s going round
braking every heart
stop it now
before it’s gone too far
presidential communications & representations-executive actions-legislation-weaponized tweets-weaponized re-tweets-noxious surrogates-toxic radio & tv
corruption-extortion-bullying-domestic & foreign-radioactive lies-projected white entitlement-victimization-assumed white inevitable dominance
white nationalism-white power-white pride-christian identity-alt-right-anti-government-sovereign citizens-white patriots-neo-nazis-religious-social
political-economic-environmental behavior-all on behalf of white tribalism & non-majority white political-social-religious-economic-environmental supremacy
tired-poor-fleeing masses-stopped & turned back into certain violence-depravity
the young kidnapped-stolen-caged-unfed-unwashed-unseen-unknown-constant light- no books-no toys-no play-no comforting voice or touch-sleep on concrete floors
disappeared-dispersed on busses-trains and planes-into forgotten abysses
the ways back to beloved ones-intentionally hidden-obscured-shredded-drowned-burned-buried-between menacing–punishing-erasing federal bureaucracies & deputized & un-deputized vigilantes
The force of evil plans
to make it your possession
everything within scrambles-to bar the door-raise the shields
suppress boiling rage
silence the keening
un-see burning crosses
un-hear sirens-guns popping-running feet-screams of horror-fear-disbelief-grief
un-endure water hoses crashing-slamming into bodies
un-taste tear gas burning-burning
un-bear spitting-shouting-screaming-killing words & accompanying blows
And if we let it
it will destroy everybody
white men burn churches & crosses in spates of gleeful hate
white gangs march-chant-fight-kill-drive through crows of women & men & kill
a lone white gunman enters a church-is invited into a prayer circle-killed nine- wounded three other
one dead in charlottesville
one dead in poway
twenty-two dead in el paso
nine dead in Dayton
thousands of native american women-vanished and killed every year
african american and latinx people-thirty-two percent of the u s population-yet-fifty-six percent of prison populations
& the past and coming red summers
We all must take
if love and peace we treasure
constantly speak-connect-unite-act from strength
continuously heal-recover-re-energize from unabating-psychic- spiritual-emotional-sexual-economic-political-environmental threat-harm-trauma
& from all of these unfelt unseen & hidden
use the tools of recovery-healing-remembering-reconnection-rejuvenation-planning-doing-acting &
overcome individual & collective Othering
use emotional-psychic-spiritual powers-connections & individual & collective genius
out of our storehouses of gifted-earned-loving & honoring of ourselves-each other & those who have made pathways for us
constantly apply generous amounts
exquisite self-care to internalized & externalized negative-harmful-destructive-voices & forces
make positive use of
translate into historical and current contexts & meanings
stolen & gerrymandered powers
joining with others to redesign-plan & implement
the art of our lives
our own recuperative
restore-continuously protect individual collective-inalienable-rights-lives-liberties-happiness & joy
Love’s in need of love today
send yours in right away
Hate’s going round
breaking every heart
Stop it please
before its gone too far
Love’s in Need of Love Today
From Songs in the Key of Life
1976 UMG Recording, Inc.
© Andrea R. Canaan
Rio Vista, California
Seed Your Dreams with Intention and Gratitude
Allow your sleeping and dreaming unconscious mind, body and spirit to become an essential creative resource, inspirational partner and problem-solver.
Remember, feel, visualize, and or think about what has been exciting you, scaring you, worrying you, confusing you, and or blocking your creative time, space, and opportunities. Choose one of these. Quieten and say goodnight lovingly and gently to the others & seed your dreams with the one you have chosen to seed your dreams with. Ask going into dreaming self with loving gratitude to take care of your scary maybe or writing conundrum while you sleep restfully and problem solve in your dreaming. And let all of them go into the night as you breathe into sleep.
Practice Writing in Joy!
7 am-9 am (or your morning hours preference)
- What is before you to write today? 10 min 7:10 am
- Write 30 min 7:40 am
- Read Out Loud To yourself 10 min 7:50 am
- Revise & write 30 min. 8:20 am
- Write notes for next steps in the writing 10 min. 9:00 am
Self–Care: Make time to eat a healthily as you desire for yourself, drink water, coffee or tea, take a walk or go to the gym, find a great spot at home or at a library or at a local coffee shop to write. Yes, take care of your family and work chores and obligations andpreserve a daily writing practice time as a dedicated and secured time for your creative self.
Daily–Weekly–Biweekly Writing Practices
- Read critically in the genres that feed your writing
- Write critically about what you read. At least one double spaced page for each book you read.
- Attend readings and lectures
- Take classes & workshops
- Send your work out into the world, yes, get your work published.
- Consume writing publications, Poets and Writers is an example. Look for writing opportunities, such as, conferences, retreats, readings, lectures, and places to send your work for possible publication and writing and learning opportunities.
If you don’t already have on, decide on a regular daily writing and make your own format that best suits you and your writing.
Create a Solitary Practice in Community:
Sustain your writing partner(s) with consistent face to face contact or by phone or Skype or Email or by snail mail. Be open to fining other writing writing partners and writing community
- Learn from, get and receive support for your writing and your writing self,
- Share your work, get your writing workshopped in environments that are maximally supportive of your writing and your creative self.
Where’s the Joy you ask?
It is in the going down into dreaming
In the just before coming to wakefulness
In the remembered sound or scent or voice or shape or movement that finds itself finely rendered on the page
In the child’s voice come to life or a mother’s or father or lovers
or something evil and, just maybe, a malevolent voice or vision that refused to be seen and known before you created it on the page
It is in the perfect description of wind on water or dry lightning or the scent of tea cake or gardenias or the taste of ripe just picked strawberries or the sweat ringing the armpits of a laborer or the quiet breathing of a sleeping child
It is in the listener or reader smiling nodding their heads in understanding, memory roused, and connection made fast
It is in gasps breath as they see, hear, feel the danger or the terrible truth about to be revealed
In is in capturing a truth about a place, a time, a person, a people, things that matter
It is in writing the perfect sentence or paragraph or chapter
It is being our writer selves
Writing into what word, thought, emotion, or sensation or what can or will happen next…..
Be in Writing Joy!
A Writer’s Life Wellness and Teaching Practice
A Writer’s Life is a writing wellness and teaching practice serving emerging and established writers who are published, working toward being published, and who are not thinking about publishing yet. Some of us writers don’t truly know and understand ourselves to be writers when we truly are. Some of us have years of stories that never get told or put on paper. Some of us get the writing on paper, but not completed or revised or edited or finished with a tight amount of author satisfaction. Some of us have a book within us that is waiting for us to allow tit to come through us into the world outside of us. Some of us are ready or getting ready to enrich ourselves with a writing community, support, and teachers that will allow us to embrace our writer’s life.
Writing and Wellness Practices
Do you want to write your stories, poems, essays–write someone else’s story–explore your writing and lived experience–gain insight about how your creative mind, emotions, and process works? Make note of everything that appears to be an impediment to bringing your writing into full, powerful, and productive being. Develop tools, practices, and communities that support you and your work. Turn your writing into powerful and effective essays, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Learn, refresh your learning, deepen your learning of creative writing craft elements, and apply them to your writing. Write creatively, effectively and productively. Read and critique other participant’s writing and have your writing critiqued in an environment that provides feedback that upports your writing to its best version.
Share your work with Writing Practice Co-learners. Provide feedback on the pages of their work before the workshop. During the workshop give and receive feedback from co-learners with the sole purpose of supporting the writing to be its best version. Read from published writing from the course reader, read other students’ writing, examine craft elements, and have a combined discussion of the readings and craft elements for the purpose of improving the writing. Present your own writing to class to be workshopped by peers who will examine craft elements and discuss the writing and writing craft for the purpose of making the writing better.
Writing Practice and Writing Workshop are combined in three hour sessions.
A Writer’s Life Writing Camp
In Writer’s Camp you will write intensively over a period of three days mixing writing and sharing your work toward a specific writing goal.