Purse String Stagecraft
By David Scott Pointer
Flesh-eating economic system
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
opening up the doors of paddy wagons
box spring-bounce house, driver euphoria
disguising decades old ‘screen test’ metal
rebranded as unfortunate rough ride…….
splashed into teenage brain cells
to corporate college, mass consumerism
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
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
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.
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’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.
Writing for Peace News
Activism Update From Adviser Dr. Margaret Flowers:
“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.
DoveTales “Nature” Edition Update
Purchase your copy of DoveTales “Nature” and support Writing for Peace! To all those who have ordered books for yourself, family, and friends, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Book sales help to cover the substantial costs of funding our mission.
DoveTales are available through our website here.