The Assemblage Newsletter #36
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 a nook to retreat to over the holiday weekend. Stay safe. Wear a mask.
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” — Lao Tzu
An assemblage is a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects. That is what we are. That is what all of our publications embody. However, art is built from creative vision and this Assemblage is a product of our community. It will always stay like this. We want to be different.
We don’t want to have 100,000 followers who don’t read. Or 200 writers who don’t write. We are a highly curated set of publications across the board and we take pride in this. Thank you for being here for the right reasons. Read our writers because their words have an impact on you. Never get caught in the cycle of clap groups or scrolling sects. We want your honest eyes and we want to touch your hearts.
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 eighth Featured Writer: Simran Kankas. Simran is busy trying to figure out her purpose in life through writing and spirituality. And we are here for that. Check out six of her poems on our homepage.
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, On Grief, and this week we released How To Do Sh*t. I may be biased, but I love this collection.
How To Do Sh*t features 13 essays or poems, each by a different contributor, that all focus on how to do something. What you will find unique about our How To works is that they are not ennui-inducing listicles. They are heartfelt essays and poems that tell stories about how to do something.
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 miss. Take a look at our Collection this week and see what you’ve missed.
How To Do Sh*t features works by Zach J. Payne, Megan Holstein, Kitty Hannah Eden, Carrie Wynn, Blithe Anderson, Crystal Jackson, Lance Baker, Pamela J. Nikodem, MS, The Rewired Soul, Niki Marinis, Ashley Walker, Gail Walter, and Michelle Elizabeth.
Highlighted Essays and Poems From the Past Week
“Instead of the cadence of words,
we’d hear the beating of hearts,
and the falling of tears,
and the stillness that comes from paying attention.”
“Do you wonder what
waits for us on the other side?
Only know one thing —
Take nothing you love for granted,
live every moment as your last”
“The throes of our slow decay
is a deterioration of community
and a lack of universal awareness
mired in a bog full of misplaced spittle
but I hope it’s not us who are decaying
but the winds of change doing their thing”
“The slow, rolling simmer on the melting pot of America has been turned up into a furious boil, splashing and scalding anything it touches.
Below it all lies fear. Deep-seated fear of the unknown, of others we do not understand, of a microscopic virus, of old traditions being threatened, of financial insecurity, of not getting my share, of the dangers of megalomania, of ignorance and intolerance, of bureaucracy treading on rights, of being viewed as a nation of self-obsessed pricks.”
Your Growth is Proportionate to Your Willingness to Embrace Discomfort by Lance Baker (curated in Self)
“This expectation that our journeys should not take us through the brambles of pain and discomfort leaves us weak and ill-prepared for the journey itself. Furthermore, we become miserable and cynical because every obstacle feels insurmountable instead of just an opportunity for creative movement.”
“So we worked. We worked until we knew them well. We worked until they did not sting, until they did not burn. We worked until they did not scratch.
We worked until we were strong.”
“The chip supper on that windswept bench tasted of my husband’s forgiveness and generosity, and of hope, and of the delicate tendrils of a new kind of trust, a possible beginning. It was so endlessly familiar, the comfort of it, and on that day it tasted of love.”
“The universe is here
To clear all doubt
It tells me I don’t misfit
I Stand Out”
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” — Ram Dass
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 35 weeks.