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The Assemblage Newsletter #35

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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) give you the gift of a new point of view or a new writer. We could all use a little bit of newness right now.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

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 seventh Featured Writer: Vanessa Torre. Vanessa is going through life like a flaming pinball. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, music lover, and horrible violin player. And no, she won’t stop taking pictures of her drinks. Check out six of her essays on our homepage.

Featured Writer: Vanessa Torre

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, Unsung, 100 Fans, and this week we released On Grief.

On Grief features 10 essays or poems, each by a different contributor, that all focus on grief in some form.

“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 or ones you shouldn’t have missed. Take a look at our Collection this week and see what you’ve missed.

On Grief features words by Stacy (Wurz) Alamond, Cassius Corbin, Jonathan Greene, Lisa Alletson, Aspen Blue, Blithe Anderson, Dave Roberts, Terry Barr, Anna I. Smith, and J.D. Harms.

Collection: On Grief

Highlighted Essays and Poems From the Past Week

Black Ink by Florence Wanjiku

“because the only thing
that can threaten white paper
Is a black hand and a pen
that bleeds the same color.”

Portal by Agnes Louis

Did you realize?
As this hand slowly settled on the top of your head,
like the first winter snow gently touching the ground,
my fingers combing through your golden hair.”

Thank You, Amy Cooper by Kara. B. Imle (curated in Race, Society, and Equality)

“These things seem familiar and navigable in comparison to waking up and realizing that I’ve been like a fish, swimming in water I wasn’t aware of at all, merely because I was a fish.”

The Stars Tell Me Nothing by J.D. Harms (curated in Poetry)

“Abused to the rhetoric
of drying misfortune
the unfortunate scribbles
of an illiterate universe”

I Thought I Wanted Someone to Bring Me Flowers by Vanessa Torre

“Right then, it clicked. He didn’t show up flowerless for subversive reasons I made up in my head: neglect, disinterest, unimportance. It was because he recognized, even when I didn’t, that doing this for myself had become less self-care necessity and more of a heartfelt hobby.”

In Herself by Lisa Alletson

“Within a gentle woman lives a song
A rhythm low and peaceful as the dawn
No man with life could walk by her in wrong
Without a pause to breathe her quiet morn’”

Sometimes It’s Life’s Turn by Simran Kankas

“Looking into the
Broken mirror of vanity
Floating on the
Clouds of worry”

On the Importance of Embracing Reality and Being Truthful to Our Experiences by Lance Baker (curated in Self and Society)

“Someone’s declared stance on something is honestly rather uninteresting. I want to hear the complex narratives about the person behind the label they chose. I want to hear about where they’ve come from and where they are going. I want to know their story.”

The Void of Chaos by Estrella Ramirez (curated in Poetry)
“Chaos came today
to undo the best laid plans
She seeped into my
dreams while I slept — binding
me — I’m not free of her yet”

Cosmic Ends to Limerence by Aspen Blue (curated in Poetry)

“all the ways we shall meet
a thousand lifetimes lived
a thousand lip-tips kissed
a thousand shattered slivers
of souls you’ll never miss”

The Tiniest New Habit…and How it Helped Me by Em Unravelling (curated in Lifestyle)

“It’s important to note that I am still chronically appalling at all of the stretches; lockdown hasn’t been kind to my ligaments, and first thing in the morning it’s rather like unfolding a metal garden chair that’s been left in the rain for a season.”

Are You a Slave to Your Own Ego? by Anna I. Smith (curated in Self)

“When the gap between who we feel we are and who we wish we could be widens, the ego works overtime to cover up the gaping ravine between the two personas. Since we don’t believe others will accept our faults and mistakes, we cannot afford to tarnish our image.”

Weekly Note

A great way to catch up, or to dive in if you are new to us, is to go to our Letters section which has all of our weekly letters in one spot. You can see all of the highlighted stories and poems for each week, from the past 34 weeks.

“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” — Ernest Hemingway




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