BIRDLAND JOURNAL

Writing from Laguna Writers and Birdland Retreats

November 9, 2016
by sharon@savorsmith.com
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Fall 2016 Birdland Journal

This online journal celebrates the diverse voices from Laguna Writers, Birdland Retreats and workshops.

In this issue, we present a collection of stories and prose poems where dialogue, both external and internal, follows our theme: Talk to Me. The voices of ten writers offer a variety of conversations: childhood posturing on the first day at school; longtime friends traveling abroad; the sacredness of the family road trip; intimacy with love and death; the vacation romance, Provincetown style; the challenge and promise of the to-do list; panic and the breath; the joys of being a dinner guest.

Our writers are: Christopher P. DeLorenzo, Daniel Raskin, Ken Linton, Lisa Hills,  Tim Lane, Sharon H. Smith, Terri Mason, Merijane Block, LiAnne Yu and Jasmine Ty.

Readers, we invite and appreciate your comments on the pieces in this issue, and hope you are moved to share them with others via the social media icons below each story or poem. Writers and readers, we thank all of you for your participation and ongoing interest and support.

We plan to take advantage of the restorative nature of winter hibernation to come up with a theme for our Spring issue. Next year we will also look into broadening exposure and participation, and determine if it’s time for the journal to grow. In the meantime we wish you happy holidays and a cozy winter.

Birdland Journal archives since October 2014 are available on this page.

Since 2009, Birdland Retreats in West Sonoma, California, has been hosting retreats and workshops. Visit www.savorsmith.com/birdland to see upcoming offerings.

We hope Birdland Journal inspires you to write, and to join our growing community of writers!

— Sharon H. Smith, Editor   Merijane Block, Copy Editor

 

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November 9, 2016
by sharon@savorsmith.com
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Tesali’s First Day of School
by Lisa Hills

(An excerpt from a draft of the novel, Tesali and Lisbet)

On the first day during morning recess, Tesali stood by herself on the edge of the school courtyard looking for a game to join or someone to talk to. She saw this girl with flyaway red hair and freckles also standing by herself about ten feet away. Tesali walked up to her and said, “I like your hair,” which was true.

The red-haired girl gave her the smallest possible smile, said, “Thank you,” and looked away back into the courtyard’s center.

Tesali asked, “Wanna play?” Continue Reading →

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November 9, 2016
by sharon@savorsmith.com
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In Bed with Life and Death
Christopher P. DeLorenzo

This piece was a response to a prompt given at the Grief and Healing Retreat. We were encouraged to personify both life and death, and imagine ourselves in a conversation with them: on a road trip, having afternoon tea, or lying with them in bed.

My new bed isn’t quite big enough to sleep three people comfortably, so we’re cuddled up together: me and Life and Death. Death’s feet are ice cold, so I’ve asked him to put on some socks. Continue Reading →

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June 1, 2016
by sharon@savorsmith.com
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Welcome to our 2016 Summer Issue

This online journal celebrates the diverse voices from Laguna Writers, Birdland Retreats and workshops.

We are excited to present Place Setting, our lushest issue to date, with seventeen transporting  stories and poems. Travel with us into homes, neighborhoods, the countryside, a castle. Visit a cloister in Umbria; Salinas of past centuries; the scene of a mystery; the avenues of the human heart. One poem will place you right here in Birdland.

Our writers are: Christopher P. DeLorenzo, Daniel Raskin, Ken Linton,  Matthew Abergel, Camilla Newhagen, Chris McClean, David Wakely, Priscilla Jayne, John Estes, Kenneth Caldwell, Katie Cofer, Ann Kim, Sally Elesby, Marilynn Meisenheimer, Dani Cirignano, Kalpa Bhattacharjee.

Readers, we invite and appreciate your comments on the pieces in this issue, and hope you are moved to share them with others via the social media icons below each story or poem. Writers and readers, we thank all of you for your participation and ongoing interest and support.

The next issue, Talk to Me, will be published in the Fall/Winter. We will be looking for pieces rich with dialogue. The submission deadline and publishing date will be announced. Until then, submissions will be accepted at any time. See our submission guidelines.

Birdland Journal archives since October 2014 are available on this page.

Since 2009, Birdland Retreats in West Sonoma, California, has been hosting retreats and workshops. Visit www.savorsmith.com/birdland to see upcoming offerings.

We hope Birdland Journal inspires you to write, and to join our growing community of writers!

Sharon H. Smith, Editor      Merijane Block, Copy Editor

 

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June 1, 2016
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Birdland
by Marilynn Meisenheimer

A tureen of stimuli
                             set among world-woe-
                                                              absorbing trees

Stoney plates
                    laid upon the paths
                                          to idyll thoughts

A breezy climb
                          then nestle in, feel
                                                      the tines of shared sparks

Hearth warmed wanderings
                                          we call home eagerly–
                                                                           hope awaits

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June 1, 2016
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Ode to Mishti (prose poem)
by Kalpa Bhattacharjee

It didn’t happen the way we planned it. We thought we would
return from our India trip,
flanked by airplane rides across the oceans, being greeted by you.
You were what we
looked forward to. During every journey home, whether from across
the planet or
a neighboring suburb’s restaurant, you were the reason behind our
smiles. We would call
your name, “Mishti!” You would respond with the scuttle of your
small paws racing
against the tile of the hallway: a mini-horse galloping through a
suburban 4-bedroom house
accompanied by almond-shaped, grape-sized eyes. The percussion
of the eager thud of your long, brown tail, drumming against the
otherwise inert tile floors
of the kitchen or carpet. You made music of our home, Mishti. But
no, that day, we came
to learn that the music had stopped, the curtain had closed, you
had taken your final bow,
before we could applaud, you exited after a painful decline in your
art, the powers of your
drums, vocal chords and bellowing lungs had withered. To this day,
I long to hear your music,
Your gallop containing monsoon rains. The drumming of your
enthusiastic tail. The resonant
baritone of your bark.

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June 1, 2016
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Summer Green
by Ken Linton

This is how she remembered it even though it never happened this way.

The road where she parked runs nearby but far enough away for the rhythmic noise of traffic to have been diluted and then consumed by her short walk here. The dense foliage of the horse chestnut trees that line the bridle path draws together Continue Reading →

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June 1, 2016
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Meeting Mom and Pop in Celle
by Chris DeLorenzo

In Celle, below the hilltop town of Cortona, we silently walked the paths St. Francis had once walked. By then, after days of reading about him and others, I felt jaded about the martyrdom of the saints; I felt cynical about how young and rebellious so many of them were, how they starved themselves and made themselves ill. I started to see St. Francis as one of them: a religious fanatic, an idealistic adolescent.

But in Celle, after peering into the little cavelike room Continue Reading →

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