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The Assemblage Newsletter #33

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter from Assemblage. These newsletters go out every Friday morning to highlight some of the top works from the past week. We hope these links (all friend links, so anyone can view them) provide you with just one small thing that you need today. A boost, a truth, a reminder. Anything other than the rhetoric.

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Week’s Featured Writer

Each week we feature one of our fantastic contributors and up to six of their stories or poems on the homepage. And this week we posted our fifth Featured Writer: Cara Harbstreet (She/Her). Cara is a lover of carbs and puns, an anxious millennial, a coffee enthusiast, and a non-diet dietitian at Street Smart Nutrition. Cara has published 11 pieces with us since 2019.

Featured Writer: Cara Harbstreet

This Week’s Collection

Collections are groupings of stories or poems with an overall theme. You can find Collections on the home page underneath the Featured Stories, Featured Poetry, and Featured Writer sections. We have released On Writing, On Love, On Poems, On Self, On Equality, and this week we released Unsung.

Unsung features 16 essays and poems, each from a different contributor. The collection is called Unsung because all 16 of these writers have less than 300 followers on Medium. They all deserve more.

This section is a great way to get acquainted with multiple works around one theme, as well as to find writers you haven’t read before. Take a deep dive this week and discover our amazing unsung essayists and poets.

Unsung features words from Elizabeth Williamson, Lisa Alletson, Melinda A Smith, Shannon Mastromonico, Dayon Cotton, Caitlin Kratz, Kimberly Fosu, Aspen Blue, Adeline Dimond, Sarah Marie Wiebe, Chelsea Nicole, Amy Nicolai, Pandora Domeyko, Leah Kim, Lauren Weisenstein, and Shristi Jaiswal.

Collection: Unsung

Highlighted Essays and Poems From the Past Week

Trapped — by Juliette Roanoke (curated in Poetry)

And yet she dove back in — a move
of weakness, not of love
One more fail for the
books, one more
betrayal for
her, by

Trouble on Turtle Island by Kara. B. Imle (curated in Society, Environment, and Equality)

“The erstwhile contact lenses were now great shields of ice that had to be fitted over these glacial eyes in order to protect them, to stop them from decaying. I gazed at blue crevasses and craggy spires, places where great bergs had broken off and melted. The world gazed back at me and cried.”

The Broken Pieces of Yesterday by Jonathan Greene (curated in Poetry)

“The broken pieces of yesterday
remind us of the small things
because the whole is now destroyed
and our love is being swept up
into a dustpan of despair”

People Hate Because They Are Broken by Lance Baker (curated in Society, Psychology, and Self)

“Moments of great societal upheaval can be difficult to navigate. The layers are deep. The issues are incredibly nuanced.

America, generally speaking, doesn’t do nuance well. Platitudes, buzzwords, and labels make up so many of the interactions.”

Silver Gods by J.D. Harms

“the silver gods trip forward
to be counted
Manifesting the tragedy of hearts
hyacinth unwilling
to bend to kiss a mouth of dirt”

Yes, It Is Time to Update your Headshot by Carlyn Beccia (curated in Beauty, Marketing, Photography, and Self)

“No pressure, but in this age of social media, far more people will view your headshot than meet you in person. So a headshot needs to balance professionalism with warmth.”

It Is All Attitude by Simran Kankas (curated in Poetry)

She unveiled her face
I saw my reflection
Was it a reality
Or my imagination

Things My (Male) Bosses Have Said to Me by Em Unravelling (curated in Humor, Work, and Women) — debut in Assemblage

“Sorry, you don’t have a desk anymore. We didn’t honestly think you’d come back after having the baby.”

Through The Eyes Of a Captive by Shristi Jaiswal

“I call for tears but my
eyes are still dry
Each second, each day
passes like shreds of
papers caught up in the
howling wind outside”

Break Thyself by Amy Nicolai

“Until death floats in like a hummingbird
Small but swift
With flapping wings fueled from beating hearts”

Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash

Weekly Note

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” — Pablo Picasso

And remember that creating is not the same as publishing. Sometimes we have to create many bad things to make one good thing. Think of Assemblage as a curatorial gatekeeper. We do not publish everything. We do not add all writers. We are a curatorial construct and a creative community.



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Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene


Father, poet, writer, real estate investor/team leader, certified life coach, sociable introvert. Curating a meaningful life. IG: trustgreene |