The Assemblage Newsletter #33
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.
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.
Highlighted Essays and Poems From the Past Week
“And yet she dove back in — a move
of weakness, not of love
One more fail for the
books, one more
“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
remind us of the small things
because the whole is now destroyed
and our love is being swept up
into a dustpan of despair”
“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.”
“the silver gods trip forward
to be counted
Manifesting the tragedy of hearts
to bend to kiss a mouth of dirt”
“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.”
“She unveiled her face
I saw my reflection
Was it a reality
Or my imagination”
“Sorry, you don’t have a desk anymore. We didn’t honestly think you’d come back after having the baby.”
“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”
“Until death floats in like a hummingbird
Small but swift
With flapping wings fueled from beating hearts”
“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.