Staying Positive in the Face of Pandemic Panic
Ar home like many of you. I fill my time with reading and writing and trying to avoid Pandemic Panic. Welcome to Ray’s reviews, Volume 1, Issue 1. In this first issue, I feature a book review, announcements of creative opportunities, and one of my photographs.
Facing the twin threats of isolation and fear of contagion, I have focused on my creative activities. I also check on friends through phone calls and messaging. As useful as social media may be, it is more persona than personality. Projects like this also relieve the frustration of filing my taxes, filling out online forms for unemployment, and online job searches, whatever that may mean in the new reality of covid-19.
Announcements and Reviews
Jody Harris presented some of his visual and performance art in a new video titled Zora and Me, Directed by Brian Auten. He included several images of the Keeody Gallery. See this striking work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD6_SrRp9ts
The Chattanooga Writers Guild has gone virtual. Here it is in their own words: Our monthly program for April - National Poetry Month - will feature an interview with John C. Mannone titled, Poetry – A Conversation. John is former president of CWG, a highly published poet, and editor of multiple publications. Please watch this interview streamed at the Facebook group of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild on Tuesday April 14 at 7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1617892761701289/
Barking Legs has Gone Virtual with streaming presentations. Marcus Patrick Ellsworth is streaming his show, The Floor is Yours, every Friday via the show’s Facebook page. Marcus also presented opportunities for viewers to contribute to some of the performers who rely on performance generated revenue for at least a portion of their income. Look for information on future performances here https://www.facebook.com/TFIYBLT/
Barking Legs Theater is also streaming their Wednesday night Jazz program. https://barkinglegs.org/wednesday-jazz-online/
Shelter in Poems - The Academy of American Poets responded to the current health crises by offering readers an opportunity to be heard on how they find solace in poetry. To participate, visit their web site, read one of the poems there, and send them a one paragraph response. For more information, visit https://poets.org/
The Time is Now - Poets and Writers magazine offers weekly writing prompts for fiction, poetry and nonfiction via email. Read the prompts and start writing https://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises
Here are two poetry programs, each delivering a poem a day:
Alfred A. Knopf http://knopfnopfdoubleday.com/knopfpoetry-signup/
Academy of American Poets https://poets.org/poem-a-day
Listening Woman: a book review.
I thought the western as a fiction genre was dead. Then I discovered the writings of Tony Hillerman. He turned the western on its head by evicting the cowboys and focusing on contemporary Indians. Listening Woman is only one of his novels featuring the legendary lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. In Listening Woman, Leaphorn copes with bumbling federal agents as he encounters paramilitary villains and tribal history. He finally unravels a grisly mystery.