Apparition by Dezmyn Edmond

I haven’t talked to or seen my dad in years

Is that weird? A ghost of my past that brings me tears?

One of my greatest fears is crying in front of people,

But who’s going to hear me when I’m a spirit, is that believable?

The life of a ghost, I got it genetically from my dad

If I told my mom that, she’d say “it’s just a fad”

She’s a nonbeliever, she doesn’t believe in ghosts

Not believing me or my dad, what a host

Can you be an apparition, but still be afraid of them?

Why am I not normal like the rest of them?

Ghosts scare people, but I’m alienated

I feel the hatred. Not because I’m a ghost, but because I’m a friendly one

Now isn’t that fun? I’m weightless but I feel like I weigh a ton

Like an automaton, an android, a robot

Feel like the world relies on me to save it, like an Autobot

I can now see through my eyelids, so I don’t sleep a wink

Surprised with the lack of sleep that I’m not a psychofink

Why bother try to sleep? It’s irrelevant to me now

I forgot the ability to sleep, so I don’t know how

If you were in my shoes would you feel the same way?

Probably not since I’m a ghost so I don’t wear them anyway

I’m just a shadowy figure lingering in the dark

Trying to make people see me to make my mark

People perform séances just to talk to me

And they always think my services are for free

Because I’m a friendly ghost, but I’m not Casper,

But I’m never happy so I’m not gay, like Family Guy’s Jasper

I can say whatever I want because who listens to what I say?

People noticing I exist? That’ll be the day

I’ll disappear forever into the shadows where I belong

Consumed by hatred and darkness, I knew it all along.


Amani_ZDezmyn Edmond is an accounting major from Toms River, NJ who enjoys writing and performing.  He is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club and gave a moving reading of their prize winning poems at the Knight Writer’s “Take a Stand” event in June..

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# Rep your city

My city is known as the city of brotherly love

Yet we watch anxiously

As our brothers put guns to innocent temples and pull the trigger

Releasing their rights to freedom

 

Let us not forget the whips that were cracked against our brother’s bare black skin

The flesh that has been torn open at the expense

Of us

The generation that would save us all

Because after all we are the future.

 

But yet we are a disgrace in the eyes of our ancestors.

Can you picture it?

Emmett till spitting out our names in shame

Harriet Tubman turning her face disowning us.

Martin Luther king pulling the “I have a dream speech” from underneath our muddy undeserving feet.

Can you see it?

We are being stripped of our culture the more we embrace this city that’s not of brotherly love

But a city filled with brothers that embrace self hate.


Philadelphia native, Ayana Addison has been writing poetry for years and studied under JusGreg (aka Greg Corbin,) the award-winning spoken word artist and teacher from HBO’s Brave New Voices.  She is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club.  “#Rep your city” won second prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

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Reception of Conception by Roman Alcazar

Spontaneous, Unique.

Original, Mystique.

Subject to society’s unforgiving critique.

 

Realistic, Attainable.

Pragmatic, Sustainable.

Though antagonists may find it quite debatable.

 

Focused, Detailed.

Scrupulous, Unveiled.

Opponents may cite previous attempts that failed.

 

A golden idea,

A universal panacea,

Many exist in a forgotten galleria.


Roman AlcazRoman_first placear is a Corporate Communications major with a background in radio. He’s also a proud dad-to-be.  “Reception of Conception” won first prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

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Introducing the 2015 Central Pen Poetry Prize Winners!

WaltPoetryContestFlierThis spring The Central Pen Literary E-zine hosted its 6th Annual Poetry Competition. This annual writing contest is sponsored by The Academy of American Poets, a national organization whose chancellor is Juan Felipe Herrera, the Poet Laureate of the United States. The first place winner received $100.00 and a year’s membership into the Academy.

The winners were:
1st Place: Roman Alcazar for Reception of Conception
2nd Place: Ayana Addisonfor Rep My City
3rd Place: Dezmyn Edmond for Apparition

First place winner Roman Alcazar is a Corporate Communications major with a background in radio. He’s also a proud dad-to-be. Philadelphia native, Ayana Addison has been writing poetry for years and studied under JusGreg (aka Greg Corbin,) the award-winning spoken word artist and teacher from HBO’s Brave New Voices. Dezmyn Edmond is an accounting major from Toms River, NJ who enjoys writing and performing.  Both Ayana and Dezmyn are active members of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club.  Roman and Dezmyn gave moving readings of their prize winning poems at the Knight Writer’s “Take a Stand” event in June.  The contest is coordinated by Professor Maria Thiaw and the judges are literary enthusiasts and poets from the Central Penn College and community.

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I’m bored! : How Boredom Can Boost Creativity

Want to write like Ginsberg? Take a shower.

Like most writers, I get my best ideas in the shower–one fist full of soap and the opening line to the next great American novel. ‘Shower thoughts’ have become such a cultural phenomenon that you can now buy waterproof writing pads. You can also watch your favorite celebrity, like Nick Offerman [warning: explicit language] or Anna Kendrick [warning: explicit language], talking about their most profound shower thoughts. You can read more about the benefits of being bored at Bored, Brilliant and… Counterintuitively Interesting: A Reading List by Manoush Zomorodi and even try some of the boredom challenges.

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But why are you history’s greatest philosopher or the next Mark Twain when you’re in the shower? Recent studies look at the psychology of boredom to understand what your brain is doing while the shower is running. For you creative cleansers, the research suggests that your next novel might just be sitting in the suds.

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Two Years of Creativity at CPC!

The Central Pen Blog and E-zine celebrates its second birthday today!  For two years, we have been bringing you, our readers, some great poetry, fiction, and photography submissions as well as profiles and writing advice from our Central Pennsylvania community.

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We have had some fantastic guest contributors and great articles on creativity from both of your faculty editors.

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We have also held some fantastic events like your annual poetry slam and open mic nights.

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We are so excited and proud to continue to serve the artistic community at CPC and in Central Pennsylvania with another year of creative expression!

The Central Pen Staff

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How to write a one-sentence story

You have probably heard of short fiction, short stories, and even flash fiction, but the ultimate reading materials for those of us with shorter attention spans is the one-sentence story. Yes, you read that right. A story comprised of a single sentence with all the bells and whistles of its longer relations: introduction, conclusion, plot twist, character development, suspense, and sentiment. Continue reading

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Knight Writers “Take a Stand” with spoken word phenom, Ladi Glori!

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Baltimore-based Poet and CPC alumni to join Knight Writers for Spoken Word Extravaganza

Amani_ZOn Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 PM in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, The Knight Writers, Central Penn College’s creative writing club, will take you on an extraordinary journey  entitled “Take a Stand” featuring the award winning Baltimore-based spoken word artist, Ladi Glori. This event is free and open to the public, however, donations are encouraged.

Too often, society overlooks creative expression, but Central Penn embraces artistic freedom.  In celebration, the Knight Writers are proud to present a smorgasbord of poets including founding Knight Writers president, Greg Jones, and alumni members Jordan Parish, and Ashley McGowan. Current Knight Writers will also recite their original performance poems.  Knight Writers founder and advisor, Professor Maria Thiaw, a published author and seasoned performance poet, will emcee the event.   LadiGlori

Ladi Glori is an emcee, actress, author, and activist that has been performing on stage since 2009. In 2011, she released a hip-hop/spoken word CD called “Mute the Background.” She also released her book, Ms. Read the Plight of a Poet, last August. These products will be available for purchase at “Take A Stand,” and Ladi Glori will be available to autograph them.

If you wish to join this thriving creative club in its celebration of the arts, then TAKE A STAND with the Knight Writers and Ladi Glori on Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, located in the Underground on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus. For more information, contact Professor Maria Thiaw at mariathiaw@centralpenn.edu or 717-728-2524.Knight Writers

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Five Ways to Jump Start A Creative Writing Routine

Sure, you want to write.  You have a great hook or character.  You have your whole first novel mapped out or the next slam-winning poem…the problem is that you have them all in your head.  Be don’t be discouraged.  You’re not alone.

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 Moving from brain to page is no easy task, but with these tips, you help kick start that process.


1. Start a blog: A blog is a great way to get your writing everyday, and you can write as much or as little as you want.  A blog will automatically keep track of the days and times you write, which will help you as you take on more serious writing projects. One word of caution: if you are considering publishing down the road, you should be refrain from posting it on the blog since some publishers will consider it ‘published.’  Check out The Pen’s own post on the subject!

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2. Use a creative writing prompt: Hate staring at a blank page?  Writer’s block giving you the writer’s blues?  There are dozens of website that offer writing prompts to get you inspired.  Some of our favorites are Language-is-a-virus, First Line Generator, Creative Writing Ink, and The One-Minute Writer.

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3. Keep a journal: Sometimes the easiest tool is also the best one.  Journaling can help you keep track not only of your everyday experiences, but can also be a great place to sketch characters, write a plot summary, or record an idea that just won’t let go of you.  Journaling is particularly alluring for you pen and paper types, and it gives you an opportunity to splurge on those fancy fountain pens you’ve been eyeing!

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4. Join a creative writing club: Clubs are an excellent way to get yourself motivated to write and keep you accountable to your writing goals.  You can also get immediate feedback on a particular character, scene, or subplot, which will be invaluable if you decide to take your writing to a publisher.  Clubs meet both in person and online!

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5. Use your tech!: Sometimes, we forget that our most powerful writing tool is the one we have in our hands (laps or palms!).  Use your favorite tech to set writing reminders and to schedule yourself time to write.  You can also use apps to keep you on pace: Mindly, Mind Node, Help Me Write, and Write-or-Die.  There are dozens out there, so find your fix!

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