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Monday, April 17, 2017

Poem for the day

Once upon a midnight dreary as I struggled weak and weary,
over a changed Form 1040 I had never seen before.

Back and forth I did the sums, looking for deduction crumbs,
hoping ever hoping that I'd find a way to score.

But alas 'twas not my lot to escape an awful blot
upon my worldly fortune, Uncle Sam keeps wanting more.

My mind grows dim with sorrow, the due date is tomorrow,
and I must find the answer else I'll end up very poor.

Can I deduct those gambling debts resulting from my stupid bets?
Should I try to itemize my bar bill from the club?
What about my one contribution, will that not bring absolution?
Surely I can claim deduction for the new pants that I tore.

Alas, 'tis midnight past and the time is flying fast and I must find
 answer to the question How much more?

You may think my answer funny: I'll just send them all my money,
 and request that they return to me all that not spent before.

It is now six months gone by and as yet there's no reply
could it be that Uncle Sam will grant me no succor?

Then the Raven came rapping, rapping
the Raven came rapping, tapping at my window door.

Oh! To be so doubly blessed, a messenger from the IRS!
surely he has come to tell me that my problems are no more.

And I said "Oh bird austere, do you bring me news of cheer?
If you've brought to me a refund then together we will soar.

I am down to bread and beans for I do not have the means
to buy a decent meal.  Tell me, Raven, am I affluent as
 I was in days of yore?"

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"'.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and we print submitted poems here for your enjoyment.

Stolen Eyes
Leslie Selbst

I’m sorry, I thought only to borrow your eyes,
I took them when you were asleep,
I sought to see were you had been 
and planned to return them before you’d wake,
but your life was so much more interesting than mine
that I kept them.

Friday, March 31, 2017

April Writers' Morning Out

Chatham/Lee WMO will convene  Saturday, April 8 at the Greek Kouzina in 
Pittsboro. The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, although most will come early 
for lunch.

The program is "Writers' Support Resources:  What helps you and what 
do you need?"

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference will be Saturday, 
April 22, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, at the MHRA  Building at UNC-Greensboro. 

Register at: or by phone at 333.293.8844 or 919.308.3228

The Keynote Address by former NC Poet Laureate and NC Literary Hall 
of Fame inductee Fred Chappell.

The conference provides workshops and sessions on the craft and business 
of writing.

SLUSH PILE LIVE! A panel of editors discuss what they like or dislike about 
writing samples anonymously submitted by conference attendees---live.

Writers' Norning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  It has long been the tradition that Writers' Morning Out will publish poems by local authors on this blog during April.

If you have a poem you would like to submit, please send it as an attachment to:

Any author in Chatham and Lee Counties is eligible. If possible keep your submission to one page. Poems will be published in the order received.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CCCC Open Mic Night

The CCCC Continuing Education Creative Writing Program invites the public to join writers of prose and poetry for our annual Spring Open Mic Night.

Friday, April 7, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Joyful Jewel 
44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC

Theme: Renewal

Notes to writers who plan to attend:
Sign in when you arrive
You'll read in the order you signed in.
You'll have six minutes total for your reading.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Opportunities For writers

Submit it!  Submission details are available to current members.  Log on to the NCWN website at,  go to the "Members Only" tab and select "Opportunities."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Writers' Morning Out

Chatham/Lee WMO will convene  Saturday,March 11,  at the Greek Kouzina in Pittsboro. The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, although most will come early for lunch.

PROGRAM:  "What problems does your writing now face?"  Is it finding time to write, or perhaps Writers' Block?  Are your problems writing, revising, editing or maybe finding an agent or an editor? Do you have issues like writing good dialog, setting scenes or character/plot development? Which is better: outline or just go forth and write?

Our super panel will put their heads together and hopefully come up with solutions, or at least suggestions. So be thinking about what are your current problems, if any?