River River Journal is published twice yearly, featuring poetry, prose, and translations in English, as well as images from contributors around the world. Visit River River Writers Circle on Meetup for our schedule of literary events for writers and readers in the heart of the Hudson Valley. We are a nonprofit, local arts and community organization.
Say it with me. Bidoup Nui Ba. Bee-dooop nwee baah.
It’s kind of like a background vocal for a Frankie Valli song, except instead of shiny cars with big fins cruising the Jersey Shore, think ancient forests as far as the eye can see—and perhaps they are enchanted.
We are pleased to bring you this guest blog post from our 2019 high school intern, Elijah Manning!
Five years ago, if you asked me whether I would someday be writing and performing stand up, I probably would’ve said, “My mom doesn’t let me talk to strangers.”
I simply didn’t see comedy being a significant part of my future. Up until a year ago, the funniest thing about me was the way I looked. I had no desire to write or perform jokes. All that aside, the possibility of turning to comedy shouldn’t have seemed that far fetched.
Humor runs deep in my family. From a young age, I saw how humor could relax difficult situations, help us cope with loss, and lessen the pain and angst of life’s bad experiences.