An Impression: Tuesday Tryouts

29 May

7:30 a.m. — Atlanta

Hi, everyone. Let me start with what to do with poems when you write them to a prompt, as this has come up a few times, lately. 1] My thinking is that poems do best when posted on their creators’ blogs and links to the poem are left in comments. 2] When a poem is too personal, and you don’t want your Facebook world to see it, you can turn off your Facebook publishing for the one posting. 3] When a poem is too personal and you don’t want your family to see it on your blog, you may post it in the comments section of the prompt post.

by Anna Ancher

This leads to a brief aside on when. I have settings to keep open each prompt post comments section for two months. While you might get the most readers by publishing a poem the day you get my prompt, I think that enough people wander back during the week, that you are safe publishing any time. If there is a prompt and you can’t get your brain to deal with it until six weeks later, your blog readers are still going to read it and so am I. Don’t let time be a stress; pressure, yes, stress, no.

by Vincent van Gogh

As long as I am addressing stuff that has come up, while the ideal might be to write to the prompt, as given, we can’t always make our brains do so. When your brain rebels, or the prompt makes you want to flee for the hills, focus on an aspect of the prompt and write on that. You may, also, adapt the prompt. You can tell us in notes if you come up with a different way of addressing the prompt.

by Berthe Morisot

Business taken care of, now we play. Today is our image day. As I wandered through the groves of Impressionist paintings, it occurred to me that many, if not most, of the labels attached to the different schools of art have a counterpoint in poetry. I spent an enjoyable time going through the different art styles and matching them with their poetic partners. Most of the poems we write for posting are either our impressions of something, or our expressions of something. Sometimes we tack on a further style, as in a minimalist impression.

by Franz Marc

I chose four paintings. The usual guidelines to writing to images apply, including the one that says, do whatever you want:

As always, jot notes first, starting at the bottom left corner and moving up and across. No detail is too small. If you notice it, jot. You can look at the whole and write your own impression of what you see; you can focus on one small part and write your impression of what you see; you can write what you think is the story behind what you see; you can follow where your mind takes you. The form is anything that suits the content of what you write, or it can be the form you most like to write in. It might be fun to come up with a form that enhances the Impressionist aspect.

Resist looking up the paintings until after you have the draft of a poem, as the title might influence you unduly. Let the brain cells roam free.

Have fun playing with both your impressions and expressions. I shall see you Thursday for serendipity; Friday for the roundup; and next Tuesday for either the next prompt on self or, if I have a feeling everyone is vacating, the beginning of summer lite.

Happy writing, all.



Posted by on 29/05/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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51 responses to “An Impression: Tuesday Tryouts

  1. whimsygizmo

    29/05/2012 at 10:18 am

    Good morning! Mine is here:

    Cheers! πŸ™‚

    • margo roby

      29/05/2012 at 10:21 am

      OGG! You speed demon. I shall come over after breakfast, which I really must try to get to, as it is 10:20!

  2. The Happy Amateur

    29/05/2012 at 11:13 am

    Hi Margo,
    here I go:
    Thank you,

    • margo roby

      29/05/2012 at 11:32 am

      How do you all write so fast! I’m coming soon, Sasha. Still haven’t made it to the coffee.

      • The Happy Amateur

        29/05/2012 at 11:39 am

        Take your time πŸ™‚ I forgot (again!) to have breakfast today, realized it when it was time for lunch already…had coffee though.

  3. sonofwalt

    29/05/2012 at 1:20 pm

    Well, I had the day off, and had a lovely long weekend to boot, so Margo, I have no poem yet, and am only on cup two of coffee. A banana and a cookie might not quite add up to breakfast. I was up at noon! Yikes. I am looking forward to trying some of your prompts. As a new reader, I appreciate your assurances on Time in the Business section of this post. πŸ™‚

  4. sonofwalt

    29/05/2012 at 1:58 pm

    And more of that coffee is needed since I errantly clicked on follow, unfollowed nad had to follow you again.

    • margo roby

      29/05/2012 at 2:29 pm

      Okay, I’m laughing at both of us, sonofwalt. I often follow unfollow Whoops refollow.

      I have two cups, one biscuit, and cereal down. A little more catching up from being away from the computer for three days, and the third cup will be waiting. I could burst into song at the thought.

      Yep, re Time πŸ™‚

  5. pmwanken

    29/05/2012 at 3:01 pm

    Here’s the result of your inspiration for me today. πŸ™‚

    • margo roby

      29/05/2012 at 3:50 pm

      I came. I read. I commented πŸ™‚

  6. Hannah Gosselin

    29/05/2012 at 3:37 pm

    Wooohooo!!! That was fun!! Thank you, Margo!!! Smiles!

    • margo roby

      29/05/2012 at 3:50 pm

      Hannah, I love how much fun you have. On my way.

  7. barbara_

    29/05/2012 at 5:03 pm

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 7:39 am

      Good Morning, Barbara. I shall be over in a bit.

  8. wordsandthoughtspjs

    29/05/2012 at 8:38 pm

    Margo, I like this picture prompt. I have copied the Van Gogh. He was such an inspiration to me when I started drawing and painting. I will see what I can come up with soon.

    Good to see you back!

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 7:41 am

      Pamela, I have such fun when I am going to do an image prompt. I love wandering the web. I grew up with a mother and grandmother who took me to every art gallery/museum they could. I have a deep and abiding love for art.

      I look forward to your poem.

      It’s good to be back. I twitch, now, when I’m away for a couple of days πŸ˜€


  9. Joseph Harker

    29/05/2012 at 11:06 pm

    Here’s what I ended up with: Moving Day. I didn’t really do the prompt, but the painting was inspiration enough. πŸ™‚

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 7:42 am

      That, Joseph, is all I ask! Glad you are taking me at my word πŸ™‚

  10. Mary

    30/05/2012 at 12:28 pm

    I wrote to the first picture! Thank you, Margo, for an interesting group of pictures to choose from:

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 2:38 pm

      Mary, you are welcome. I shall be over shortly.

  11. barbara_

    30/05/2012 at 12:28 pm

    I got my bit on the detail

    On my way to the Frist. They have the Gee’s Bend quilts for a while. If it’s quiet I’ll be able to slip away from the desk and enjoy.

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 2:40 pm

      Lovely, on both counts, Barbara. I’ll be over to read in a minute.

      My best friend, who is a wonderful quilter, just sent me one of her best, a spontaneous gift. It may never leave my recliner over which it drapes, as that is where I can easily see it from my cockpit. The colours remind me of a Van Gogh.

  12. markwindham

    30/05/2012 at 12:41 pm

    First one (sensing there might be more, like these works)

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 2:41 pm

      Mark, The good news is that you can write four poems, if you wish! Then it will be the last week of next month and a new grouping.

  13. carolisle

    30/05/2012 at 1:07 pm

    To the Anna Archer Painting I wish to write right here:
    ” the empty corner is what i dread, the life we once led, is gone but not dead. How I’ll miss you so will you ever know?
    I don’t know why it seems safer to write about my daughter moving out in boxes, with eyes like sly foxes unseen but well known to lurk and pounce upon hearts laid open and ready to be licked into life with quick and silent words.

    • margo roby

      30/05/2012 at 3:14 pm

      Welcome, carolisle. I love the sound of your name. Thank you for the response. This line: ‘I don’t know why it seems safer to write about my daughter moving out in boxes’ resonates with me and my daughter left years ago. Still not easy.

  14. irene

    30/05/2012 at 9:51 pm

    Did a quickie write of

    laundry day

  15. vivinfrance

    31/05/2012 at 2:36 am

    My poem is where the Morisot painting took me. It feels incomplete – suggestions welcome!

    • margo roby

      31/05/2012 at 8:02 am

      I just returned from yours, ViV, and forgot your request for suggestions. I’ll be back in a bit.

    • margo roby

      31/05/2012 at 10:39 am

      Okay, this is what you might try: I think you need to come back to the women. You allude to them with washday. Maybe, now say something specific about the socialising aspect. Nothing more than a sentence.

      • vivinfrance

        31/05/2012 at 11:45 am

        Thanks Margo – great idea. I’m on the case.

  16. irene

    31/05/2012 at 8:56 pm

    The first painting caught my eye as well.

    a mirage is a manifestation

    • margo roby

      01/06/2012 at 7:47 am

      Love the title, Irene. I’m on my way.

  17. wordsandthoughtspjs

    31/05/2012 at 11:20 pm

    I enjoyed this Margo. I am not sure if the painting fits my words, but I did what my mind/heart/imagination told me to do. It is late, so I will be round tomorrow to read the others.


    Odes, Souls, and Everything Passes too Quickly

    • margo roby

      01/06/2012 at 7:48 am

      Pamela, This is the important part: ‘I did what my mind/heart/imagination told me to do’. I’m on my way.

  18. purplepeninportland

    02/06/2012 at 5:43 pm

    After an hour of wrestling with getting the artwork properly placed, mine is up! Like this prompt very much.

  19. tmhHoover

    04/06/2012 at 5:47 pm

    I know there is no “due date” -But I congratulate myself for not letting another prompt slide away. Hallways and doors while a source freedom, always leave me feeling like I have been running a very long race. So of course that is the one I wrote about. .

    • margo roby

      04/06/2012 at 5:52 pm

      Wow, Teri! Speedy! I’ll be over.

  20. Mr. Walker

    06/06/2012 at 12:14 pm

    Here is my imagistic take on one of the paintings: Cafe at Mid-Afternoon.


    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 12:25 pm

      Have just returned from visiting, Richard.



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