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Purse String Stagecraft, By David Scott Pointer

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   Purse String Stagecraft

By David Scott Pointer

 

Flesh-eating economic system

innards,

rolling

over community blood pressure apparatus,

attached to intergenerational empty wallets

attached to local and international poverty

attached to invisible, intertwined groups

with similar, different interests systemically

turned upon each other like pit-bulls or birds

innards

opening up the doors of paddy wagons

dispensing

box spring-bounce house, driver euphoria

disguising decades old ‘screen test’ metal

rebranded as unfortunate rough ride…….

splashed into teenage brain cells

addicted

to corporate college, mass consumerism

revisionist

page-turner TV, sound byte burn-bits

strategically misusing blackness stilled

aiding 1% adding machine economics

 

 

Brake Slamming Role Players

 

Police act like casting agents

while

driving

prisoner transport van, vamoose,

stomping on, lead-footing gas…

catapulting cuffed, unsuspecting

prisoners head-neck first into

their ‘screen test’ debuts, with

slim chance at Hollywoood, now

enroute to overcrowded hospital

 

About Writing for Peace Adviser David Scott Pointer

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David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier.  David’s earliest memories are of training for battle in his backyard in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about David and his work here.

 

 

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Creating Story Tension with Characters

By Victoria Hanley


An important part of writing a story is creating a convincing antagonist to oppose the main character. For this writing exercise, bring to mind someone from real life whose personality grates on you and whose perspective seems to be all messed up. Now, write a scene from that person’s viewpoint. Describe the world through their eyes, and do your best to imagine and express the turbulent tides of their emotions. How will this help you to create an interesting antagonist for a story of your own?

 

Meet Victoria Hanley, Writing for Peace Adviser

Victoria Hanley, Writing for Peace AdviserVictoria Hanley’s novels have won many honors and awards at home and abroad, and inspired two nonfiction writing books: Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write, and Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market. She teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and at Northern Colorado Writers in Fort Collins.

Learn more about Victoria’s books, read her blog, download a free chapter of Wild Ink, and watch Victoria in action at www.victoriahanley.com.

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Activism Update From Adviser Dr. Margaret Flowers:

Dr. Margaret Flowers, Writing for Peace Adviser“A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “The Climate Deception Dossiers,” proves that the corporations which profit from the burning of fossil fuels knew about global warming decades ago, knew their industries contributed to it and responded by funding propaganda to deny global warming and pushing policies that increased their profits at the expense of a livable future.”

Follow the latest Popular Resistance developments here.

 

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Jigsaw, by David Scott Pointer

Marine Corps coffins ride the ancestral iron horses of Captain Lincoln’s fabled line

Army caskets are tended by the spirits of Ernest Hemingway and Great Uncle Walt Whitman

Navy submersible boxes sometimes request sea burial slowly floating into the divine deep blue

Air Force urn ashes escort eternal winds into a nomadic spirit world cemetery

Coast Guardians keep to themselves about internment or ashes, but actor Buddy Ebsen served and that’s enough Uncle Jed Clampett type goodwill to set the breeze free

Civilian causality mass graves to vast to easily identify or ride out burning on a single squadron of spiritual Thunderbirds do haunt most service folks in the smoky-know

Conscientious objectors like William Stafford sometimes resist, refuse, fight-hard or roam-off through the cross-fire to ponder all the craters, issues or casualties on all sides

Enemy combatants do what they are ordered or asked to do until superior training within a superior force stand atop the finality reading the final sermon

Energy wars somehow drink at the fibers of freedom’s tattered war flag hiding fossil fuel requirements from the enlistee’s collective mother-guard while tipping the dusty top hats to abandoned steam and electrical field research

Banker’s expensive cash suitcases start to over-bloat aboard their elite airbus shuttle like the corpses who built all of this empire

Politicians hope for increased access inside the billionaire’s white administration building with secret symbolic revolution built into each 4 year election cycle facade

David Scott Pointer, Writing for Peace AdvisorAbout WfP Adviser, David Scott Pointer

David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier.  David’s earliest memories are of training for battle in his backyard in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about David and his work here.

 

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  • 2014 DoveTales “Contrast” Edition Released

2014 DoveTales, "Contrast" EditionOur Second edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, is available for purchase. The 2014 issue is themed “contrast” and includes the beautiful black and white photography of Writing for Peace Artist-in-Residence Paula Dawn Lietz, as well as the 2013 Young Writers Contest winners, and the following contributors:

Jordi Alonso, Cassandra Arnold, Maggie Bàra, Henry Braun, Lorraine Caputo, William Cass, Lorraine Currelley, Colin Dodds, John Garmon, Diane Giardi, Mark Goad, Veronica Golos, Sam Hamill, Dawnell Harrison, D. Iasevoli, Ed.D, Allan M. Jalon, Shelley Kahn, Richard Krawiec, Paula Dawn Lietz, Cory Lockhart, Shannon K. Lockhart, Veronica Marshall, Sandra McGarry, Iwona Partyka, Sy Roth, Andrew Sacks, Carol Smallwood, Julia Stein, Samantha Peters Terrell, Bänoo Zan

  • 2015 Young Writers Contest Guidelines

Writing for Peace Young Writers' ContestGuidelines for our 2015 Young Writers Contest will be posted  on September 1st. We’ll announce our fantastic new panel of judges at that time. The deadline for entry is March 1st, 2015 – not as much time as you might think, so start gearing up by scrolling through the many craft related links and tips on our Facebook page!

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War Bits, by David Scott Pointer

Sam Hamill, Writing for Peace AdviserCommemorating Ten Years of Poetic Resistance, PAW Post No. 23

During the month of February, Writing for Peace  commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with Daily PAW Posts from a host of contributors.

*Parental Guidance Warning –The poets featured during our February Daily PAW Posts write of war and its effect on the human heart. Writing for Peace has not censored these poems, and we encourage parents to review the content before sharing them with children.

To purchase a copy of POETS AGAINST THE WAR from Powell’s independent bookstore, click here.

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War Bits

by David Scott Pointer Writing for Peace Adviser David Scott Pointer, child soldier

Already a
toy cannon
by the old
potty chair is
laying claim
to the Tooth
Fairy’s lands
beneath the
child’s pillow,
and overseas
three young
Marines learn
Friendly Fire’s
bullet is
sometimes
dispensed as
an explosive
roar of
wraparound
flame.

 

About Writing for Peace Adviser, David Scott Pointer

David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier. To learn more about David Scott Pointer, click here.

February Writing for Peace News:

All during the month of February, Writing for Peace is commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with a Daily PAW Post. If you are interested in arranging a reading this month in honor of Poets Against the War, please contact us with the details at editor@writingforpeace.org, and we will be happy to share your information on our site.

2013 Young Writers Contest

Contest Deadline is March 1st! The Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest is in full swing, with entries coming in from all over the globe.  The contest is open to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, for ages 13 to 19. Spread the word to young writers everywhere! You’ll find contest guidelines here.

DoveTales,  An International Journal of the Arts

The first issue of DoveTales will be released this month, featuring poets, writers, artists and photographers from all over the world.  We are also looking forward to seeing the winners of our 2012 Young Writers Contest in print. Watch our posts for news of the journal’s release. The new submission guidelines will go up on March 1st. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

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Backyard Sniper Training, 71, by David Scott Pointer

Sam Hamill, Writing for Peace AdviserCommemorating Ten Years of Poetic Resistance, PAW Post No. 4

During the month of February, Writing for Peace  commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with Daily PAW Posts from a host of contributors.

To purchase a copy of POETS AGAINST THE WAR from Powell’s independent bookstore, click here.

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In his essay “A Monk’s Tale” (PAW Posts 1, 2, & 3), poet Sam Hamill wrote of his distress at finding a gold-embossed envelope from the White House in his mailbox – an invitation to join First Lady Laura Bush at a February 12th Symposium on “Poetry and the American Voice.” He declined the invitation and issued one of his own, a call to action that became the catalyst for Poets Against the War. His appeal, initially sent to just forty friends, resulted in a flood of “poems and letters of gratitude—and not a little hate mail.”

Why did this poet’s appeal compel so many to act? Could his simple act of resistance have stripped away the illusion of helplessness? Was it because he provided a moment of silence, a reprieve from the beating drums of war, just long enough to listen to our own inner voices?

If so, then why were some so enraged that they sent hate mail? Issued death threats?

It may be that to understand this reaction, one increasingly common in public debate, we should consider the history of American military dominance and the resulting industrial complex that has permeated our economy and culture. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower cautioned in his 1961 Farewell Address, “The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.”

Poet, and Writing for Peace adviser, David Scott Pointer, grew up in Kansas City Missouri. Raised by his grandmother, his earliest memories are of training for battle. Says Pointer, “I would practice war, and grandma would call me inside to a little tea party, then I would update her about my progress with the enemy.” This little boy, like so many others, grew up to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Was he indoctrinated? Brainwashed? Was his grandmother a part of some mass conspiracy to produce little soldiers? Of course not, we answer, he’s a typical red-blooded American boy. What little boy didn’t wear a cowboy hat and strap on a silver-plated six shooter? It’s a silly question…but why? Because it is a part of our collective experience…as Americans.

Sam Hamill’s call to action gives us permission to question. And when we question the foundation of who we are…it hurts.

 

Backyard Sniper Training, 71

By David Scott Pointer

The volunteer stepped into
a toy scenario. I had child-
sized chest protector and leg
guards, so he put those on
imitating war prey running
from fence, tree, clothesline
to tire swing under full on
enemy attack as my mother
called me from the kitchen
for lunch concluding our
live fire, little commando
training session standing
my bb gun on the screened-
in back porch floor, after
dinner I looked down for
my rifle hearing an excited
“Hey” gazing up to see
the bb, arcing between
my eyes experiencing a
multi-second blackout in
unauthorized execution
attempt of a kindly mentor
leaving mom’s chow hall

 

Camp Pendleton Bombs

By David Scott Pointer

In base housing,
the mothers’ want
the bombs out of
their kids yards,
these subdivisions
built atop mortar
shells, rockets and
artillery buried like
Spring bulbs after
so many wars…..
Explosive Ordnance
Division rapidly
renders the metals
safe with MP
assistance this
old iron harvest
that keeps surfacing
with the worms
soon ready for
resale to the public
in federal surplus
sales or auctions
at the online world

David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier. To learn more about David Scott Pointer, click here.

 

 

Writing for Peace News:

All during the month of February, Writing for Peace is commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Poets Against the War with a Daily PAW Post. If you are interested in arranging a reading this month in honor of Poets Against the War, please contact us with the details at editor@writingforpeace.org, and we will be happy to share your information on our site.

Writing for Peace Young Writers' Contest

2013 Young Writers Contest

The Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest is in full swing, with entries coming in from all over the globe.  The contest is open to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, for ages 13 to 19. Contest deadline is March 1st, 2013. Spread the word to young writers everywhere! You’ll find contest guidelines here.

 

DoveTales, a publication of Writing for PeaceDoveTales,  An International Journal of the Arts

The first issue of DoveTales will be released this month, featuring poets, writers, artists and photographers from all over the world.  We are also looking forward to seeing the winners of our 2012 Young Writers Contest in print. Watch our posts for news of the journal’s release. The new submission guidelines will go up on March 1st. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Copyright © 2013 Writing for Peace. All rights reserved.