Let us celebrate the occasion
with wine and sweet words.
Plautus, Roman Playwright, c.254–c.184 BC
Twenty years old is a grand age for a literary anthology. The Geneva Writers’ Group celebrates this anniversary with Offshoots 10. We members of the GWG are nearly all foreign to Geneva and if we write in English that does not necessarily mean the language is our mother tongue or even that we use it daily. Still, it remains our common denominator; we use the English language as an extension of ourselves.
As strangers, we have all felt the Earth tilt on its axis and we have not always been sure if we are turning towards or away from the sun. But though we are uprooted, we continue to send out new shoots, nourished by loamy, invisible soil.
Offshoots 10 reflects our maturity. We hope our anthology goes beyond alienation and nostalgia, twin stumbling blocks for all writers living abroad, to reveal compassion and an affirmation of life over and beyond the tragedies and absurdities we encounter. Often nature is our solace, we vibrate to its seasons and diversity, though we also write about its raw destructive forces as well as the damage we humans inflict on the natural world. In a fundamental way, we recognize that life and death move within mystery.
Offshoots 10 is rooted in universal emotions: love, anger, grief, fear, joy, reverence and enduring hope. We affirm the importance of relationships. We deliberately write both about ourselves and “the other” and we use farce, pathos, poetry and myth, tools passed down to us from generation to generation. Ever since our predecessors told stories by firelight in shadowy caves, we writers have needed to express our feelings and experiences in an attempt to acquire purpose and understanding about our lives and the world around us.
The texts are arranged in loose cyclical order so that they mirror a human being’s spiralling physical and emotional growth. If our sweet words quicken your spirit or provoke a smile, then we have succeeded and we are celebrating together our common humanity.
Jo Ann Hansen Rasch
Writing in Offshoots 10
|Marlyn Czajkowski Zaiden||The Language of Existence|
|Catherine L. Hayoz||Elodie|
|Keith Stimpson||Mother and Baby|
|Bronwyn Lay||Fire Breath|
|Lang-Hoan Pham||Prayers in the Wind|
|Alexa Intrator||November Garden|
|Julianne Di Nenna||Fig Tree|
|Keith Stimpson||Sebastopol Street|
|Christine Scott||Blue Plastic Chair|
|Katariina K. Alongi||Dragonfly|
|Christiane Ledakis||Bougainvillea Branches|
|Jacqueline Cooper||War Comes to Alexandria|
|Erika Anderson||gong meditation|
|Daniela I. Norris||Clockworks|
|Angela Brett||Role Reversal|
|Manolita Farolan||That Other Country|
|Valerie Harrison||On the Outside Looking In|
|Caroline Thonger||Ex Aequo|
|John Zimmer||Turkish Delight|
|Jan Harrington||Girls In Summer|
|Alistair Scott||The Way We Are|
|Paula K. Read||Embrace|
|Yvonne de Grandbois||Moonlit Heartbeat|
|Ruary O Siochain||Winter in Geneva|
|Beth Peoc’h||Memoire d’Homme|
|Sunanda Krishnamurty||At Crossroads|
|Karen Laudenslager McDermott||road trip|
|Kathy Giannini||Les Laumes|
|Pamela Taylor Jennings||Reza Han|
|R.M. Byrd||A Home Beneath the Sycamores|
|Wallis Wilde-Menozzi||White Geranium|
|Susan M. Tiberghien||Nautilus Shell|
|Peter Meinke||Sunday Brunch at Point Lookout|
|Mary Njeri Kinyanjui||Coffee Time|
|Wallis Wilde-Menozzi||Accepting Need|
|Susan M. Tiberghien||Something’s Changed|
|Duncan McGibbon||Letter to Friends in Iceland|
|Mary Scheurer||Plain of Plenty|
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