Creative Drive Podcast #37 – White Out by Mark Anthony Smith

Mark Anthony Smith was born in Hull. His writings have appeared in Musicians for Homeless and Be their voice, Spelk and Truly U. His latest work, Hearts of the Matter, is available on Amazon.

Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter for updates on his latest work. Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j

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CD47 – 3 Poems by Dr. Thomas Davison Creative Drive

Hello there! Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life! Today it’s my pleasure to present poetry by Dr. Thomas Davison. Thank you for sharing your work with us! Dr. Davison is teaching at two all-male prison facilities in Northern Ohio. He has been deeply moved by his interactions with incarcerated students and has been motivated to create poems and short stories about these experiences. Thomas has started a non-profit dedicated to providing free one-on-one support services for felons. You can view more of his published work at: https://thomasdavisoncom.wordpress.com TAKING A WALK IN MY YARD THIS MORNING: The State prison culture is unique. The felons live by their own code and set of values. There is no better place to observe this – then in the prison Yard. The following poem Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning best captures what it truly feels like – for me. The prison ‘pecking order’ is complex and fluid. As you probably can imagine – there are some very hard people on the inside. The prison Yard is an integral part of prison life. It is the place where reputations are made – and lost. It is where leaders are crowned – and dethroned. It is where all social activities have their origins – and their endings. This is where individuals and gangs have their battles – and wars. Trips to everything important in a felon’s life: visitation, mess hall, chapel, etc., all pass through the Yard. JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY HOUSE: Like most people I want to believe that I am a good judge of character. I have spent most of my adult life working with young men. In the US Army, with my son’s and grandson’s boy scout troops, with inner city college students, and with incarcerated felons. I also want to believe that I am a realist. There is no doubt that I am an optimist. I’m one of those folks who is always looking for that ‘silver lining’ in any situation. I have been accused of being a Pollyanna. That is not true. I see people for what they are – but – I also see people (especially my students) for their potential – of what they can become. The prison changes all men. For some this change is for the worse. Mental health is a huge challenge within the prisons. The following poem Just Another Day in My House – is my way of accepting that for some – there is not always potential – or a silver lining. For some there is only a slow sinking into the abysmal pit of: self-despair – anger – retribution – and ultimately madness. At the risk of being referred to as ‘Captain Obvious’ – prison has a dark-side. HOLD ON: The first thing that I ever wrote about the state prisons was the following poem called Hold On. The feelings and stress felt by the prisoners is apparent every moment of every day. Half of the prison staff and administration – that I work and talk with – on an almost daily basis – sincerely believe their role is to punish felons for their offenses to society. Whereas, the other half (just as sincerely) believe that it is their role to rehabilitate these offenders. I am reminded of a boat with rowers on both sides. One side is rowing in what they believe is the best direction for their ship. While the other side is rowing just as eagerly to a totally different direction. Result – the ship is going nowhere – it is in the middle of the ocean spinning in tight little circles. Unable to change course. We as an American Society must decide if prisons exist to rehabilitate or to punish. It can’t do both. Previously published works: Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning – Teach. Write. A Writing Teachers’ Literary Journal Spring/Summer 2020. Just Another Day in My House – Black Petals, Issue #91, Spring, 2020 — Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets and writers from all walks of life. Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-…
  1. CD47 – 3 Poems by Dr. Thomas Davison
  2. CD46 – Poetry by Varun Amatya
  3. CD45 – El Enigma de los Tornillos (Our Debut Spanish Episode!)
  4. CD44 – 3 Poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah
  5. CD43 – 3 Poems by Michele Mekel

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Creative Drive Podcast #36: Smoothing Out the Wrinkles by Samantha Terrell

Hello there,

Today it’s a pleasure to bring you “Smoothing Out the Wrinkles” a poem by Samantha Terrell.

Samantha Terrell is an American poet raised in the Midwest, whose work emphasizes emotional integrity and social justice. Her work has been published in Dove Tales by Writing for Peace, Ebola chapbook (West Chester University), Poetry Quarterly (Pennsylvania), and many other online and in-print journals. She and her family reside in Upstate NY. You can find her on Twitter @honestypoetry.

Check out Samantha’s website for more of her work! https://poetrybysamantha.weebly.com/

Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives!

Much love,

j

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Creative Drive Podcast #35 Part 2 – Bob Dylan by Troy Jackson

Hello all!

Today I am happy to read for ya “Bob Dylan” by Troy Jackson: poet, musician, and literacy advocate based out of Memphis Take it away, Troy!

Troy’s Book of Poetry, now on Amazon. Check it out!

Catch up with Troy Jackson on Twitter @troyrjackson!

Check out Troy’s beats! https://www.beatstars.com/leemay2k

Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives!

Much love,

j

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CD35 – Brother Martin / My Adidas by Troy Jackson

Hello all!

Today’s episode is an experiment so we can find more ways to showcase you, the working class creator, on this podcast! In this episode, I bring you Troy Jackson, a creative based out of Memphis, who will be reciting his poetry, as well as providing some underscoring for the episode. Take it away, Troy!

Troy’s Book of Poetry, now on Amazon. Check it out!

Catch up with Troy Jackson on Twitter @troyrjackson!

Check out Troy’s beats! https://www.beatstars.com/leemay2k

Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives!

Much love,

j

CD34 – The Time We Had by Susana Ramirez

Big show today! We’re back in business featuring a personal essay in dramatic form! The Time We Had, by Susana Ramirez.

Susana Ramirez is a wife and mother of two. She is the Founder of Save The Sharks, a South Florida non-profit organization working to promote healthier shark populations through education, research and outreach. Susana immigrated from Cuba, living in Finland before settling in the U.S. She began writing at an early age, focusing on conservation work throughout the world. Today, she understands the power in having a voice and hopes her words can have an impact on others, leading to a global shift on how humans interact with wild animals and their environments.

Find Susana on Twitter @susanaiswriting and check out Save The Sharks! This piece was originally published in The Selkie: https://theselkie.co.uk/the-time-we-had/

Brenda Zamora is an L.A. based actor, follow her adventures on Instagram!

Produced by J. Alejandro. Visit idlewy.blog, a place for working class creatives!

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CD32 – A Clear Solution by J. Alejandro

A few words and a poem too. #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace

Campaign Zero: Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Unicorn Riot: Nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues. https://unicornriot.ninja/

George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

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CD32 – Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme by Rob J Blevins

Hello all! Today on the Creative Drive Podcast, we feature the poetry of Rob J. Blevins: “Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme” Three moments of poetry that were a joy to record.

Rob J. Blevins is a songwriter and author currently sharing content on the blog, Cooking with Crayons, as well as producing a podcast of the same name. Stop by for more poetry and creative work from Rob! https://www.cookingwithcrayons.com

To sign up for Rob’s email list, as well as links to his Amazon books, visit his site: https://cookingwithcrayons.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Rob!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today! https://idlewy.blog/you/

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j

CD31 – Raconteur by Mark Gordon

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Hello all! Today we feature the poetry of Mark Gordon!

Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and Canada. He is presently living in Toronto.

“Raconteur” was recently published in Gravitas, edited by Andrew Lafleche. Please check out this wonderful literary magazine! https://andrewlafleche.com/gravitas-poetry

Visit Mark on Twitter for updates on his latest work, and on his website http://www.markgordonauthor.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j

CD30 – Elevator Pitch by Zach Murphy

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Today we feature the work of Zach Murphy!

Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Ghost City Review, Lotus-eater, WINK, Drunk Monkeys, and Fat Cat Magazine. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Also, check out Zach’s movie review website: http://fadetozach.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Zach!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today at: https://idlewy.blog/you/

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j

CD29 – Roundabouts, by Mark Anthony Smith

Phase 2 of the Creative Podcast begins today: Featuring the work of Mark Anthony Smith!

“Roundabouts” was originally published in Fiction Kitchen Berlin, please check out this wonderful literary magazine!

Mark Anthony Smith was born in Hull. His writings have appeared in Musicians for Homeless and Be their voice, Spelk and Truly U. His latest work, Hearts of the Matter, is available on Amazon.

Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter for updates on his latest work. Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j