A Summerful of Tuesday Tryouts

05 Jun

7:50 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, everyone. There has been a flurry of newcomers, so welcome to all of you. I hope all is well.

Today, I am posting a list of prompts, with all the prompts for the Summer Tuesday Tryouts. I will focus on a different prompt each week, in the order I have them. The order is irrelevant for you.  Any prompt can be done at any time and posted anywhere — a link to your post, left in comments, is probably preferable, but, if you don’t have a blog, or want to keep the poem off your grid, post it in comments. My mini-discourses and the poems you post don’t have to match [if they don’t, let us know which prompt you are writing to].

The list is bare bones. You can look at an entry and interpret it how you will, should you wish to write in a different order than my expositions. Are you thoroughly confused? I know. I’m trying to say things in as many ways as possible, in the hopes of clarity. Example: Say I follow this list in order. This week I shall write about imagistic poetry, but you may decide you want to write a list poem. No problem. Have at it. Where do you post it? In this week’s comments, just as you always have. The poems and the exercises do not have to match during the summer. The following week, I shall write on cinquains. You may write… As always, there are no due dates. You post when you have a poem.

What’s that you say? Margo, it’s just going to be easier to follow your order. I know, but I wanted you to know you don’t have to. If you are away one week, but that’s the poem you want to write, fine, write it in place of another. Do two.

If you aren’t sure what I mean by one of the titles below, but that’s the one you want to write, make it up. You are allowed. What’s the worst that can happen? You have something different. Uh huh, and? Alright then.

Imagistic Poetry

Although all poems are built with images and words, poems that depend almost exclusively on image are called “imagistic poems.” They tend to be short, or a series of linking images.

By Elizabeth Searle Lamb

onto her body
in the ditch
white butterflies.

by Leo Romero

For miles no one
just the clay road
the rain
the swerving car
the adoring houses
gathering about the church.

Spend a couple of days collecting images or, use your collection of images. Write one or more poems.

You may add as many other words as you need to make the poem work.

You may use punctuation or, you may (as in the examples) let the line breaks serve as punctuation.

Try to write at least twenty lines of poetry – in one poem or, in a collection of smaller poems.

You might write something along the lines of Joseph’s Reverie 21, but here, a charm bracelet of imagistic poems.

As next week is a travel week and I will be on the road — leaving New Orleans, for San Antonio — I will give you a link to an older posting of mine on cinquains.

Next week: Cinquains — with or without the syllable count. This form can be done without a syllable count, if you have a good ear for rhythm and follow the basic idea.

Summer Poem

Summer Image

List Poem

Diamante — Can you take it up a notch?

Long, or Line, Acrostic

Winter Poem — Because not all of us are sweltering! Or, because it will be a relief for those of us who are.

Winter Image

Form — your choice of subject and form

What I did on my vacation [no, no, this can be original as a topic; that’s the challenge]— pick one aspect, or, write about the season, or write a list poem.

What if you write and post a poem before I discuss the exercise, and after I talk about it, you have a different poem? Write it! Post it!

The blog will be dark the week of June 12th and August 7th, my travel weeks. One big caveat: my mother’s internet connection and my laptop don’t get along. I may disappear. If that happens, you will have the list and you can post in any available comments — and I will go into seclusion with a computer and your poems, when I find a good connection, or return home.. Should I remain disappeared after the 15th of August, send out the dogs. Last summer it took me almost two months to get back to the computer. I’d rather not go through that again!

Ask as many questions as you need, to be happy in your understanding of this possibly 🙂 confusing post. I will see you on Friday for the roundup, then not until Tuesday the 19th of June.

I can’t wait to see the assortment of poems that spill from you this summer. Take the ideas wherever you want, then bring them back as poetry. Happy writing, all.



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65 responses to “A Summerful of Tuesday Tryouts

  1. markwindham

    05/06/2012 at 9:46 am

    NOLA and San Antonio; a fun trip – two river cities but vastly different. Been wanting to get back to San Anton, have not been since early 80’s. Pretty much unrelated to the prompt, but this was from my trip to NOLA.
    Still a bit wordy, a lot of knife work left to do on it. Back later for the actual prompt. 🙂

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 9:59 am

      You won’t find SA that changed. The downtown has been revitalised, and it is the ninth or tenth largest city in the US, but it has a small town, laid back, atmosphere that has been there since I went to college there in the 70s.

      I haven’t been to NOLA for a few years and am looking forward to the food. We’re going to squeeze a lot of eating in.

      I like the way you use the phrase ‘knife work’. Visceral. I’ll have to remember it. I’ll be over in a sec.

      • markwindham

        05/06/2012 at 10:07 am

        Eating in NOLA is a good plan. That was my only goal while there. Was VERY disappointed in the original Brennans (way, WAY, overpriced for a so-so meal), and Cafe Beignet was better than DuMonde (and Cleaner).

        • margo roby

          05/06/2012 at 10:12 am

          I spent a pleasant hour last night going through menus of a couple dozen restaurants and settled on The Bourbon House for supper. Thanks for the tip on breakfast, as we would have gone to DuMonde. Lunch at an oyster bar… bliss.

          • markwindham

            05/06/2012 at 10:29 am

            bliss indeed. My favorite meal was sitting at the bar at Denny’s (not the breakfast chain) drinking Abita Turbo Dog with a dozen raw and pound of crawfish. I think I just got some drool on my keyboard…

            • margo roby

              05/06/2012 at 10:31 am

              That’s okay. I started salivating. Good grief!

  2. The Happy Amateur

    05/06/2012 at 9:47 am

    I’m saving the list, thank you, Margo. Have a happy summer, enjoy your travels,

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 10:01 am

      You are welcome, Sasha. I wish the same to you. The lovely thing is that I still get to ‘meet’ you here when you post or comment.

  3. The Happy Amateur

    05/06/2012 at 10:20 am

    I know, Internet is great.

  4. barbara_

    05/06/2012 at 10:57 am

    Good Grief, Margo. You’re getting out of Atlanta on the summer, and where are you going? Texas and Louisiana!! Lord, lady, but you must love it hot.

    List looks interesting: some to love, and some to make me pull my hair out. That’s about right.

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 11:18 am

      Barbara: I loathe, hate, and detest hot. Fate is cruel. At least Louisiana is practically a drive through and I leave my beloved husband in SA, as quickly as I decently can and go to my mother in California for a month!

      Oh, good. Then the list is a success. I’m so glad.

    • barbara_

      05/06/2012 at 7:33 pm

  5. Madeleine Begun Kane

    05/06/2012 at 5:19 pm

    Great list of prompts! Thanks! And happy travels!

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you and you are welcome, Madeleine!

  6. The Happy Amateur

    05/06/2012 at 9:27 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s OK to post a cinquain now..I’ve just written a copy-change “Triad” poem:

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 9:32 pm

      Summer rules: anything goes! I’ll be over in a moment, Sasha!

  7. Hannah Gosselin

    05/06/2012 at 9:40 pm

    Happy trails to you, Margo!! I’m so excited for all of the poeming possibilities listed here…clear as a bell…or a whistle or however that saying goes!

    Thanks a bunch and see you soon! Summer smiles to you! 🙂

    • margo roby

      05/06/2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you, Hannah. Check Barb’s link grin up above! And, I shall certainly see you around 🙂

    • Hannah Gosselin

      06/06/2012 at 12:25 am

      This maybe works for that idea…needed to be written. Thank you.

      • margo roby

        06/06/2012 at 7:26 am

        Hannah, I highly approve of writing that which needs to be written. I find poems takes on some of our emotions and make things a little easier for us.

        • Hannah Gosselin

          06/06/2012 at 7:58 am

          You’re so very right, Margo, and I’m so grateful for such a beautiful space and genuine peeps to be real with. Thank you to you.

  8. Misky

    06/06/2012 at 2:20 am

    Thanks for the list, and bon voyage, Margo.

    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 7:26 am

      You are welcome, Misky.

  9. Misky

    06/06/2012 at 5:00 am

    Based on yesterday’s dismal “summer” weather.

  10. vivinfrance

    06/06/2012 at 9:15 am

    Mine is loosely linked to your imagistic prompt:

    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 9:56 am

      You rebel, ViV. I’ll come over after I fetch my coffee.

  11. Mr. Walker

    06/06/2012 at 12:17 pm

    Here is my imagistic poem, also responding to last week’s Tuesday Tryouts: Cafe at Mid-Afternoon.

    Margo, thanks for all the prompt ideas. Safe travels.


    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you, Richard. I shall see you at the DC and around here, when I get my internet established. I am ever optimistic.


  12. anjum wasim dar

    06/06/2012 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Margo, Hello,Thanks a lot for the poetry prompts that you keep collecting and offering and helping us writers to move on…with inspiration…
    my contribution from my own album…hope you will read and comment…

    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 3:19 pm

      Hi, Anjum. You are welcome. I shall visit in a while.

      • anjum wasim dar

        06/06/2012 at 3:31 pm

        Thank You so much, Margo

        • anjum wasim dar

          08/06/2012 at 5:45 pm

          Thank you for visiting Poetic Ocean

  13. markwindham

    06/06/2012 at 2:49 pm

    imagistic start.

    • margo roby

      06/06/2012 at 3:19 pm

      Mark, On my way.

      Neil Diamond concert tonight. Whoo hoo!

  14. Annette Mickelson

    06/06/2012 at 7:10 pm

    Fun prompt! Thanks — I loved playing with images.

    • margo roby

      07/06/2012 at 7:57 am

      I’m heading over now, Annette. Just think — because it’s summer rules, you can do this prompt again if you want!

      • Annette Mickelson

        07/06/2012 at 10:12 am

        and I just might do it again! and again and again.
        You are going to have a margarita when you are out here in California, aren’t you?

        • margo roby

          07/06/2012 at 10:15 am

          Annette, I’m not going to wait that long! I’ll be in San Antonio for two weeks first. Wednesday = margaritas. I’ll toast you!

          • Annette Mickelson

            07/06/2012 at 12:16 pm

            The best margarita I ever had was in San Antonio. Cheers!

            • margo roby

              07/06/2012 at 3:18 pm

              Really? I don’t suppose you remember where, Annette? I am on a constant quest for the perfect margarita. I found it once at Jimmy Buffett’s but only in his Las Vegas place, so I am questing again.

              • pmwanken

                07/06/2012 at 10:05 pm

                Maybe we should go somewhere other than Panera!? 🙂

                • margo roby

                  08/06/2012 at 7:31 am

                  Oho! You mean someplace where margaritas are available? 😀

  15. barbara_

    07/06/2012 at 12:27 am

    • margo roby

      07/06/2012 at 7:58 am

      Barbara, your somethings are something. Heading over.

  16. purplepeninportland

    07/06/2012 at 3:45 pm

    Have a lovely summer, Margo. Last night was made for this prompt.

    • margo roby

      07/06/2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Sarah, you too. On my way over now.

  17. vivinfrance

    07/06/2012 at 5:12 pm

    My cri de coeur is here:
    and I’ll be back to read when I’ve recovered.

    • margo roby

      07/06/2012 at 5:29 pm

      Good Heavens, ViV, a cri de coeur. I am coming right over.

      I hope you recover quickly.

  18. wordsandthoughtspjs

    07/06/2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Margo, I am just recovering from a horrible bout of who knows what. I took Tuesday off from work and slept 20 hours, got up, showered, ate, and went back to sleep. I attribute it to the horrible hot weather we have been experiencing lately. My body doesn’t take extreme changes well.

    Anyhow, I hope you have a delightful time on your journeys, and I will be looking at some of these prompt ideas. I am getting closer to some free time here. 🙂 New Orleans is a great place for food!

    Have fun!

    • margo roby

      08/06/2012 at 7:34 am

      Oh, Pamela, How miserable. I am glad you are near the vacation from school season. Sounds like your body is telling you it can use the rest.

      Thank you for the good wishes. I hope I’ll be more or less in touch when settled in each of my long visit places. Skip and I have reservations already for dinner in NOLA and I have been perusing the menu!

      Get better; stay better!

  19. Hannah Gosselin

    13/06/2012 at 3:36 pm

    Here’s this week’s Tuesday Tryout offering! Thank you and hope all is going great! :)’s to you!

  20. Misky

    14/06/2012 at 6:46 am

    This week’s summer conquain collection is at


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