Friday Freeforall: Come and Get Your Poetry Prompts

26 Aug

8:40 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. I hope all is well as we head into the weekend. Those who live on the East Coast of the United States, I hope you have battened down your hatches.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that asks the age old question: What did you do on your summer vacation? By now you know that Donna never leaves us with just a question. To find out the steps and the twist, head over to the Tow Truck and check out the rest of the prompt.

Over at dVerse, they have a guest, Matt Quinn, who many of us know as Poemblaze. He has taken on teaching us the sestina form. We will be tackling that form here, but not for a few weeks. It never hurts to try, or retry, a form several times. So plunge in.

Poetic Bloomings‘ prompt asks us to write about change. Change is inevitable, maybe surer than death and taxes. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt and the poems by the hosts in response.

Over at The Found Poetry Review they ask us to try writing a cento or other found poem derived from the poems of Philip Levine. For more on the prompt, and for links to help, visit. If I remember rightly, we all love centos, so have fun.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle were taken from Charles Bukowski’s set of electronic poetry words. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle and be sure to go over to see what others have done.

The title, Time to Say Goodbye, is this week’s phrase. For a link to read the lyrics and hear them sung head over to Carry on Tuesday.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: shipwreck. One can have fun with that. You can take an eco- slant, or go for childhood dreams of pirates, or use the word as a metaphor. And One Single Impression offers obsession, which one can go at seriously, or tongue in cheek.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James is on holiday. She will be back in early September.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides.

Remember, Jingle Poetry has incorporated itself into its sister site The Gooseberry Garden.  The theme for this week is Adam and Eve. Even if you don’t participate, this might be a fun one to visit and read some responses. And looking towards next week, we will focus on Klimt’s The Kiss.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week they have an old photograph. You can speculate on the story behind it, or write a portrait poem, or a dialogue poem.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: We are asked to have FUN FUN FUN, everyone, for the rest of the summer. Be Festive, Fabulous, Flirty, and Fascinating! Go on over to read the entire F introduction.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are adapt, glide, and lie. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word.

We Write Poems has a fun form from Amy over at Sharp Little Pencil. Visit We Write Poems for the instructions, and Amy for an example.

Poets United asks us: Today close your eyes and inhale. Take a whiff of the world around you. Close your eyes and think back to your favorite smell or even your dreaded ones.They always have more to help us choose possible paths. Robb is particularly good with guiding questions, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and view the photographs.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ gives us: Theta. While Susan is on vacation, if you are doing this challenge and have fallen behind, or want to check it out, this is the latest letter. Susan writes flash fiction with the two words she chooses for each letter, but there is no reason you can’t use the words for a poem. Head over to read the origins of the two words and the Greek letter with which they start.

And here is Mr Knowitall’s Friday Flash 55. If you aren’t sure what this is about go over and read a few examples. It’s quite a challenge.

For you lovers of the say it in as few words as possible, here is Haiku Friday. They offer a guiding focus which is quite unusual.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week’s topic asks us how we feel about the experience of critique. We should all have something to say about this topic, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources.

I shall see you Tuesday for a new form, Thursday I will be discussing an aspect of word choice and asking for your input, and next Friday will be more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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4 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Come and Get Your Poetry Prompts

  1. Mama Zen

    26/08/2011 at 11:43 am

    Great collection of links! Thank you!

    • margo roby

      26/08/2011 at 11:44 am

      You are entirely welcome, Mama Zen.

  2. Benjamin thomas

    27/08/2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Margo,

    Benjamin. Nice to meet you.
    Just checking out your site and read your profile. Sounds like your quite a traveler!
    Do you speak Japanese?

    • margo roby

      29/08/2011 at 11:04 am

      Hello Benjamin.

      Nice to meet you too.
      I have spent most of my life traveling in one way or another.
      I do not speak Japanese. That was a place to which my parents traveled, but not myself. I do speak Cantonese but have an American accent now.



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