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Creative Drive J. Alejandro

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My name is J. Alejandro, and I am creative with a day job. Come along as I present readings of poetry, flash fiction, and other short works! Don't be idle, make art! Submit your short work today to be featured on the podcast!

https://twitter.com/jwriterec
https://www.instagram.com/writerec/
https://www.facebook.com/writerec
https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-podcast/

    CD47 - 3 Poems by Dr. Thomas Davison

    CD47 - 3 Poems by Dr. Thomas Davison

    Hello there!

    Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life! Today it’s my pleasure to present poetry by Dr. Thomas Davison. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

    Dr. Davison is teaching at two all-male prison facilities in Northern Ohio. He has been deeply moved by his interactions with incarcerated students and has been motivated to create poems and short stories about these experiences. Thomas has started a non-profit dedicated to providing free one-on-one support services for felons. You can view more of his published work at: https://thomasdavisoncom.wordpress.com

    TAKING A WALK IN MY YARD THIS MORNING:
    The State prison culture is unique. The felons live by their own code and set of values. There is no better place to observe this – then in the prison Yard. The following poem Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning best captures what it truly feels like – for me. The prison ‘pecking order’ is complex and fluid. As you probably can imagine - there are some very hard people on the inside. The prison Yard is an integral part of prison life. It is the place where reputations are made – and lost. It is where leaders are crowned - and dethroned. It is where all social activities have their origins – and their endings. This is where individuals and gangs have their battles – and wars. Trips to everything important in a felon’s life: visitation, mess hall, chapel, etc., all pass through the Yard.

    JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY HOUSE:
    Like most people I want to believe that I am a good judge of character. I have spent most of my adult life working with young men. In the US Army, with my son’s and grandson’s boy scout troops, with inner city college students, and with incarcerated felons. I also want to believe that I am a realist. There is no doubt that I am an optimist. I’m one of those folks who is always looking for that ‘silver lining’ in any situation. I have been accused of being a Pollyanna. That is not true. I see people for what they are – but – I also see people (especially my students) for their potential - of what they can become. The prison changes all men. For some this change is for the worse. Mental health is a huge challenge within the prisons. The following poem Just Another Day in My House - is my way of accepting that for some - there is not always potential - or a silver lining. For some there is only a slow sinking into the abysmal pit of: self-despair – anger – retribution – and ultimately madness. At the risk of being referred to as ‘Captain Obvious’ – prison has a dark-side.

    HOLD ON:
    The first thing that I ever wrote about the state prisons was the following poem called Hold On. The feelings and stress felt by the prisoners is apparent every moment of every day. Half of the prison staff and administration – that I work and talk with - on an almost daily basis – sincerely believe their role is to punish felons for their offenses to society. Whereas, the other half (just as sincerely) believe that it is their role to rehabilitate these offenders. I am reminded of a boat with rowers on both sides. One side is rowing in what they believe is the best direction for their ship. While the other side is rowing just as eagerly to a totally different direction. Result – the ship is going nowhere – it is in the middle of the ocean spinning in tight little circles. Unable to change course. We as an American Society must decide if prisons exist to rehabilitate or to punish. It can’t do both.

    Previously published works:
    Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning – Teach. Write. A Writing Teachers’
    Literary Journal Spring/Summer 2020.
    Just Another Day in My House – Black Petals, Issue #91, Spring, 2020

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    CD46 - Poetry by Varun Amatya

    CD46 - Poetry by Varun Amatya

    Hello there!

    Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life!
    Today it's my pleasure to present poetry by Varun Amatya. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

    Comments from Varun:
    I am 34 years old and I write from Kathmandu, a city located in Nepal. I am a Phd. candidate majoring in Development Administration Field. I have spent many years of nights in thoughts until the sun would rise. These stories in my head range from personal development to human and nation's development. Through the medium of poetry, I was able to express my expectation from my surrounding environment and my hope for an even better world. I write to either express myself - to myself, or other times to spread a message to others who are like me and sometimes even lost in this lonely world. Today, I wrote a poem to express the need for freedom in our individual life. Freedom from work, expectations of family and the control to drive our life in our own happy manner. With this poem I wished we all had the choice to work in our own pace rather than the pace required by the outside business platform. It is about a poet's day-dream to feel free like a bird with the whole sky as its playing field

    Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life.

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    CD45 - El Enigma de los Tornillos (Our Debut Spanish Episode!)

    CD45 - El Enigma de los Tornillos (Our Debut Spanish Episode!)

    Hello everyone!

    As we close 2020, I'd like to announce the next chapter of the podcast: We would like to introduce Fuerza Creativa! This new podcast will be the Spanish version of Creative Drive, where we will showcase more amazing poetry and short fiction from all over the world!

    Disfruten el primer episodio en Fuerza Creativa!

    Título: El enigma de los tornillos
    Autor: Antonio Rolando Arenas

    Obtuvo el título de Master of Arts with a Major in Modern Languages en Almeda University (USA, 2010), es Diplomado en Gestión Pública de la Provincia de Mendoza por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza – FCPyS, UN de Cuyo (Mendoza, 2012), es Profesor de Lengua y Literatura para el tercer ciclo de la EGB de la Educación Polimodal por el Instituto Superior del Profesorado PT-14 Escuela Italiana (Mendoza, 2013) y es Diplomado en Historia Argentina en Latinoamérica por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza-Instituto de Revisionismo Histórico Argentino e Iberoamericano Manuel Dorrego (Mendoza, 2015).

    Recibió el diploma del Curso Profesional de Analista Químico. Neptunos Formación. España, 2018.

    Publicó el libro Interrogantes, el libro La página del buffet; una publicación literaria diferente y el libro Diálogos internos.

    El Juego de los errores disponible en Barnes & Noble!

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    CD44 - 3 Poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah

    CD44 - 3 Poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah

    Hello all!
    So happy to present 3 poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah!

    FROM THE POET: I'm Nayanjyoti Baruah, from Assam, India. I'm pursuing M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University. My poems have been appeared in Tayls, Rasa Literary Review, Felicity, Akhore, Meghali Budhidrom, The Fiction Project, A Too Powerful Word, Necro Magazine etc. I'm the Co-author of The Bag of Knowledge. I've written two essays and four short stories as well.

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nayanjyoti2544/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nayanjyoti.baruah.3745

    Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life.

    Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/

    Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/

    For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-podcast/

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    CD43 - 3 Poems by Michele Mekel

    CD43 - 3 Poems by Michele Mekel

    Hello all!

    It's a pleasure to present Michele Mekel's poetry today!

    Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including having her poetry featured on Garrison Keillor’s _The Writer’s Almanac. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (viralimaginations.psu.edu)._

    Viral Imaginations: viralimaginations.psu.edu
    On Instagram! @ShaktiEnergy

    Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life.
    Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/
    Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/
    For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/

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    CD42 - 3 Poems by Alexander Limarev

    CD42 - 3 Poems by Alexander Limarev

    Hello all! Today we feature the work of Alexander Limarev!


    Did the little boy exist?
    I am alive
    Predestined

    About the Poet: Alexander Limarev, freelance artist, mail art artist, curator, poet, photographer from Siberia / Russia. Participated in more than 900 international projects and exhibitions. His artworks are part of private and museum collections of 64 countries. His artworks as well as poetry have been featured in various online publications including UNDERGROUNDBOOKS.ORG, BUKOWSKI ERASURE POETRY ANTHOLOGY (Silver Birch Press), NOKTURNO.FI, StyleBlueprint, TUCK MAGAZINE, ANGRY OLD MAN MAGAZINE, CALIBAN ONLINE MAGAZINE, GALLERY & STUDIO ARTS JOURNAL, MAINTENANT etc.

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/alexander.limarev.7
    Blog: http://parallels2000.blogspot.com/2014/10/alexander-limarev-1964.html

    Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/

    Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/

    For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/

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