Creative Drive Podcast #47 – 3 Poems by Dr. Thomas Davison (video)

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

COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR

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


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Creative Drive Podcast #46 – Poetry by Varun Amatya

Hello there!

Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life! Today it’s my pleasure to present poetry by Varun Amatya. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Comments from Varun: I am 34 years old and I write from Kathmandu, a city located in Nepal. I am a Phd. candidate majoring in Development Administration Field. I have spent many years of nights in thoughts until the sun would rise. These stories in my head range from personal development to human and nation’s development. Through the medium of poetry, I was able to express my expectation from my surrounding environment and my hope for an even better world. I write to either express myself – to myself, or other times to spread a message to others who are like me and sometimes even lost in this lonely world. Today, I wrote a poem to express the need for freedom in our individual life. Freedom from work, expectations of family and the control to drive our life in our own happy manner. With this poem I wished we all had the choice to work in our own pace rather than the pace required by the outside business platform. It is about a poet’s day-dream to feel free like a bird with the whole sky as its playing field.

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/

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The Writing Record Podcast 1.4.20 – Lessons from 2020, Friendship, and onward we go!

Hi everyone,

I recorded an episode last week but I hated doing it on my phone (now posted on youtube), so here’s a better recap of 2020, what I’ve learned three months into the Write/Rec Lab, as well as some words of encouragement to any of you about to start on your creative journey.
Let’s kick ass this year!

Much love,

j

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J. Alejandro on Twitter @jwriterec!

Creative Drive Podcast #45 – El Enigma de los Tornillos (Fuerza Creativa #1)

Hello everyone!

As we close 2020, I’d like to announce the next chapter of the podcast:

We would like to introduce Fuerza Creativa! This new podcast will be the Spanish counterpart of Creative Drive, where we will showcase more amazing poetry and short fiction from all over the world! Disfruten el primer episodio en Fuerza Creativa!

Título: El enigma de los tornillos Autor: Antonio Rolando Arenas

Obtuvo el título de Master of Arts with a Major in Modern Languages en Almeda University (USA, 2010), es Diplomado en Gestión Pública de la Provincia de Mendoza por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza – FCPyS, UN de Cuyo (Mendoza, 2012), es Profesor de Lengua y Literatura para el tercer ciclo de la EGB de la Educación Polimodal por el Instituto Superior del Profesorado PT-14 Escuela Italiana (Mendoza, 2013) y es Diplomado en Historia Argentina en Latinoamérica por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza-Instituto de Revisionismo Histórico Argentino e Iberoamericano Manuel Dorrego (Mendoza, 2015). Recibió el diploma del Curso Profesional de Analista Químico. Neptunos Formación. España, 2018.

Publicó el libro Interrogantes, el libro La página del buffet; una publicación literaria diferente y el libro Diálogos internos.

El Juego de los errores disponible en Barnes & Noble!

Y tambien disponible en Facebook!

Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast #50: Dog Fostering, Hamilton, The Office (with Ashley and Chris)

BIG EPISODE TODAY, WE MADE IT TO 50!

We’d like to thank you so much for taking the time to listen in so far, and this is just the beginning! Today we’re joined by our amazing friends Ashley and Chris to talk about some heavyweight topics:

Come join us on this special episode, and once again, thanks for listening!
Much love,
J&M

We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to air your grievances at ourkidsasleep@gmail.com If you can, please subscribe, rate and review: It would help us tremendously!

Creative Drive Podcast #44 – 3 Poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah

Hello all!

So happy to present 3 poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah!

FROM THE POET: I’m Nayanjyoti Baruah, from Assam, India. I’m pursuing M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University. My poems have been appeared in Tayls, Rasa Literary Review, Felicity, Akhore, Meghali Budhidrom, The Fiction Project, A Too Powerful Word, Necro Magazine etc. I’m the Co-author of The Bag of Knowledge. I’ve written two essays and four short stories as well.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nayanjyoti2544/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nayanjyoti.baruah.3745

Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets 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/

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The Writing Record Podcast 12.14.20 – Question Workflow, Splitting the Week, Bond with the Fam (Video)

Hello friends!

If you don’t want to watch, here’s what I was reminded of this week:

  • This week I challenged my workflow. It is hard to impose or question the way you do things, but being objective is half the battle.
  • Break the week apart to see what you can get done on certain days. This may vary depending on your work schedule.
  • Read to your partner. Have them read to you. Build something with your kids.

Much love,

j

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Creative Drive Podcast #43 – 3 Poems by Michele Mekel

Hello all!

It’s a pleasure to present Michele Mekel’s poetry today!

ABOUT THE POET: Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including having her poetry featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (viralimaginations.psu.edu).

Viral Imaginations: viralimaginations.psu.edu

On Instagram! @ShaktiEnergy


Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets 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/

Our Kid’s Asleep Podcast #49 – Lessons from ACX Work, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

Hello all!
Today we’re dropping some lessons learned about our foray into audiobook narration, specifically, about a tough lesson we learned working through ACX.

Also, Madd just finished reading Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. A thrilling look at the search for the Golden State Killer!

We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to air your grievances at ourkidsasleep@gmail.com And if you can subscribe, rate and review, it would help us tremendously!

Much love,

J&M

More episodes here! https://cruzfolio.com/our-kids-asleep-podcast/

The Writing Record Podcast 12.7.20 – Walk the Talk, Self-Champion, My Debut Poetry Book!

Hello all! Welcome to The Writing Record, a creative journal in podcast form where I share lessons I am learning along the way as a working class creative. I am here to write, record, and remind you that I believe in you and your work. This month has been tough, but I am walking away with some fundamental guidance to become more effective as a writer and creative collaborator. If you don’t want to listen, here’s the gist:

1. Walking the talk is way harder than I thought, but doing it is pure joy, especially when you commit to helping others with their creative work.

2. Champion yourself. Believe in what you have to offer and say. Don’t be like me and half ass things for years. You are built to share your art with the world.

Also check out my debut poetry Collection, Flame to the Watering Hole! https://www.amazon.com/Flame-Watering…

Make art, make haste. Much love,

j

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