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Marcella Remund – LaVan Robinson – Maxima Kahn Presenting at Poet’s Connection September 26 2020

Marcella Remund

MARCELLA REMUND is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a South Dakota transplant, where she teaches English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, The Sea is My Ugly Twin (2018 Finishing Line Press) and a full-length collection The Book of Crooked Prayer (2020 Finishing Line Press). She and her husband live in a multi-generational, multi-species household in Vermillion. 

The Book of Crooked Prayer

Remund will be reading from her latest book of poetry The Book of Crooked Prayer on Saturday, September 26 as one of three featured poets for the special Poet’s Connection presentation.

LaVan Robinson

LAVAN ROBINSON is a 13 year veteran of the military. Born as Larry Richardson he started writing poetry in high school and as of this January 2020, he self published his first poetry book. Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the pen name of LaVan Robinson in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. His poetry book Songs of Lala is available by direct contact.

Robinson will be reading from his latest poetry book Songs of Layla the poet Part 1 on September 26 at the Poet’s Connection special event.

Maxima Kahn

MAXIMA KAHN is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, Fierce Aria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. 

Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn.

She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.

Fierce Aria
Fierce Aria

Kahn will be reading from her latest book of poetry Fierce Aria at the Poet’s Connection Event on September 26.

Poet’s Connection was started before the pandemic changed lives. We met in person in Raleigh NC and from then on became virtual. We have participated in many activities to strengthen our lives as poets. With workshops, such as the one conducted by Justine Quammie last month, to learning poetic forms, writing to art inspired themes, and supporting each other, Poet’s Connection has been a lot of things to the area poets.

By presenting these poets from other parts of the country, we are able to hear words from as far as California, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Nonetheless, our own poets will have opportunities to share their works, as well.

We are grateful for Living Poetry, the largest network of poets in the area. They organize the Meetup events for Living Poetry, run a great website livingpoetry.net Facebook Page Living Poetry and Podcast. I encourage you to check out these resources.

Here is the link for Meetup on September 26 at 10 a.m. ET to noon.

It is preferred that attendees register for the Meetup event. If this is not possible, please message me via the Contact form on this blog and I will follow-up.


She’s a Very Tricky Girl

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Elastic like stretches with her claws into the Berber weave

She twists to her back and looks at me with her belly posed

I know better than to touch that furry white patch

Pleas to evict me from my chair are in vain

I lean to her and she purrs softly to chin scratches

Just as I twist one second, she jumps behind and takes my seat


This is my response to this weeks prompt “elastic” for the Six Sentence Story. Would you like to join? Go to Girlie on the Edge to get the scoop!


Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Another great prompt for this week!

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Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories! What a fabulous turnout last week! Thank you everyone for another incredibly fun
Six Sentence Story hop 😀 So about this week’s prompt word… Have to admit there was another word queued. At the very last minute, out of the gorgeous azure blue, the prompt word you see below, was drop kicked onto my laptop and began to dance, lol. Not sure yet what I’ll do with it but then, that’s what makes this writing challenge so enjoyable, right ?! 6 sentences. We only need 6 of them. That’s all. Have a fabulous week and write, write, write and then write some more… Read you soon!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Return here, link your post Wednesday night through Saturday late…
Spread the word…

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Lament for Ruth

A tribute from my friend’s heart.

Words from JeanMarie

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced
until a new president is installed.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 2020

This Breaking News has broken
my heart, my hope.

Justice, my grief is suspended in fear.

What is to become of the poor, the abused, and the desperate
with overburdened wombs?

What is to become of the immigrants and the asylum seekers
caught in wire nets?

Who will ensure our POC, our LGBT, and non-binary
won’t be erased?

Justice, my grief is suspended in guilt.

With every Breaking News story of recovery
against all odds, I breathed a sigh of relief.

Your slight frame and bowed head
belied your strength and resilience.

Did our selfish prayers for your health and longevity
tie you to this mortal coil beyond your endurance?

Justice, my grief is mine to bear, not yours.
Go now to your final rest, in peace.

Notorious RBG…

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Farewell Justice

He said it well.

Bartholomew Barker, Poet

Farewell Justice

You fought with words and logic—
powerful weapons for justice
in reasonable times
but it’s easier to manipulate
some folks by advertising fear.

You struggled for so long
and now to honor your memory,
we must continue the battle,
to march in the streets,
to cast our ballots,
to assure your legacy is not erased.

You weren’t in the majority on the court—
but you represented all of us,
We the People.

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