iván BRAVE

Writer

Food, enstranged

Food, enstranged

31 January 2019

Have you ever wondered what makes a great piece of literature? Theorist Viktor Shlovsky believed that what a good story was was this, one that sticks around, plays with us, remains. However, to achieve that “long-lasting effect” in a work of art takes a specific set of devices. Like poetic speech. In our phonetic and […]

Airport Birds

Airport Birds

16 January 2019

It came to my attention that I should focus on deepening my characters. As it goes, things should actually happen in a story. Funny, because I have known for a while that my personages spend a lot of time thinking. What’s wrong with thinking. That some people don’t want to read it. While everyone wants […]

A Little Christmas Introspection

A Little Christmas Introspection

29 December 2018

It occurs to me that, were I to exaggerate, I have never needed to write. My writing comes from a place of want. I want to write. The struggle is, in this case, when one wants to write, that the quality of the work comes into question. Wanting, one invests time, writes from desire or […]

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

25 December 2018

(. . . the story of a magician and a sorceress.)   The magician dashed off stage. He had been ridiculed for his fast-sprouting carnations, yet again. No more flower tricks at these open mics, he begrudged, they don’t care for nature fast or slow. Not to mention, being booed for your favorite spell sucked […]

Five Travel Poems (June – July 2018)

Five Travel Poems (June – July 2018)

12 December 2018

Why not get into the holiday spirit with some lines? These I wrote while traveling this past summer. They feel warm to me, silly, carefree, and yearning.  Skim them, or sit on a word for a long time. They are here to keep you company. Personally I like the last one the best.     […]

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

21 November 2018

You have to be a poet to do just about anything.   You have to be a poet to translate another’s words. Only poets care enough about language to clearly convey one person’s thought to a different person’s understanding. Any other type of translator will blur the message. The best translators are then as transparent […]

Success, a NYC interview story

Success, a NYC interview story

22 October 2018

Pasó así, Papá, y aunque pese, como lo viví te lo narro, en inglés:   Completely cut off from chance, no hope, only needs and responsibilities. I got home at 1 PM from working a four-hour at the language school. I would talk about that shift later in the day, when it came to answering […]

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

13 October 2018

“At a distance, you only see my light / Come closer, and know that I am you” RUMI   Distance. Distance. Poem or essay or lyric on Distance. What are your thoughts, philosophical or not, on such a topic?   [Preamble concludes, deflate the diaphragm, let in air.]   That’s all there is between us, […]

Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

Thank you David Lehman and American Scholar

23 August 2018

For the prompt and for featuring my poem August 7th on the following article:   https://theamericanscholar.org/how-to-cheat/#.W3g0AcInbIU   ∀ Clothes pins, presumably, because of how these poems were pinned up one by one

Thank you Acentos Review

Thank you Acentos Review

18 August 2018

For publishing the following story: http://www.acentosreview.com/august2018/ivan-brave.html   ∀Dime on quien andas by Letisia Cruz

Etimología 2 – el señor agá

Etimología 2 – el señor agá

10 August 2018

∀ “El Cid” Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar   Nada, solamente un conjunto de nuevas palabras, un acervo de curiosidades, un acuerdo entre poetas, el ágape de anónimos, un afaníptero agobiado, y a esto vamos: ¿quien podrá componer un poema, un poema con estas palabritas?   Acervo – (un conjunto de bienes morales, culturales o materiales […]

Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

Etimología – 1 (Lavar mi castellano)

3 August 2018

∀ (Imagine: Bueyes del sol)   Quiero compartir esta próxima fase de mi aprendizaje con usted: una serie de ejercicios sobre la etimología castellana. Viene, en gran parte, o mejor dicho por una parte, a través de un libro llamado Breve Diccionario Etimológico de la Lengua Castellana, compuesta por Joan Corominas – un regalo de […]

Stakes

Stakes

31 July 2018

∀ Art by Scott Gustafson ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Cameron ends her Stakes chapter with a quote from Shakespeare’s character, Polonius: “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Ergo, if you are […]

ESP

ESP

24 July 2018

∀ Who better to symbolize the extrasensory than a writer who wrote extrasensory? JJ. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   ESP: perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience — […]