Summer Tryouts — It Must Be Tuesday

26 Jun

9:00 a.m. — San Antonio

Alright new people, time to pony up. I know you’re out there. My inbox tells me so. While many of you aren’t poets, many of you are. Both can use these exercises and adapt them to what suits. Unless I am stressing a verse form, fiction writers should be able to participate in every exercise I post, yes? Check. Granted, with the summer rotation, I have several forms. Ignore them and do two of something else, or, for the heck of it try; see what the poetic side of your fictional brain does.

Wow! Pretty strict for summer. I just want to make sure no one is out there waiting for a nudge to dive into what is clearly a close-knit group. We are friendly, laid back, and don’t bite much. We can be bribed with margaritas. Join in. However, if it makes you happy following, follow. I am happy to have you along.

Summer images from which to create poetry… You can go in many directions with this. Unlike last week which asks for poems full of summer imagery, this week asks you to find an image — a photograph, a piece of clip art, a painting — that says summer to you, and to take your poem from that image. It does not have to have a positive connotation because it’s summer. For me, summer = heat. I loathe heat. I might look for something that shows that.

To take this up a notch, I would look for something less obvious than fans, airconditioners, cool drinks, or the beach, all of which imply heat. I might even avoid sweating labourers. The image I would look for is of crops wilting, browned, dry, dying. I know how they feel. I can write about summer through them. Like last week, where I had you list all your summer associations and then said you can’t use them, abandon the usual and look for the unusual. You will find yourself stretching your creative muscles.

You can start by browsing images and letting them speak to you, or you can start with an image in your head that you want to find. You can choose a symbol and reflect upon it, or a landscape that embodies summer, or a scene that tells a summer story, or… Once you find the illustration that speaks summer to you, in some form, decide whether the image itself [the painting, photograph…] will be part of the poem, or whether you will use it as a kickstart, only. In either case, let us know what you choose to use. Sometimes, knowing the source adds to the enjoyment by the reader.

Decide what truth about summer you want to communicate and what form will best communicate it. Write. Maybe do another one 🙂 Post.

I will see you Friday for the roundup; and next Tuesday for more summer writing. I will be in Walnut Creek, California , at that point, with my mother’s internet connection that does not love me. If I don’t appear Tuesday, I am struggling mightily with the cyber-gods.

Happy writing, everyone.


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46 responses to “Summer Tryouts — It Must Be Tuesday

  1. Yousei Hime

    26/06/2012 at 9:28 am

    Back in Texas? We’re practically neighbors now. I’m in Corpus Christi for a bit. We’re not going to escape the heat anytime soon, are we? 😉 Off to writing.

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:43 am

      Yousei, Yep! I just turned towards Corpus and waved at you. The first couple of weeks here was lovely, so I feel I can’t complain about the heat… much, especially as I leave for California and my mother’s, next Monday. I’ll be in the cool for a while.

  2. Misky

    26/06/2012 at 9:29 am

    Well, there’s summer in Hong Kong, when nearly every gwailo leaves town until the typhoon season finishes … although I don’t think I’ll write about that. Have fun in Walnut Creek. I lived in Mill Valley for a few years … many, many years ago.

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:46 am

      Misky, Wimps! We never left town, just taped the windows and hunkered down… except that night my brother and I were out with a # 9 signal up; oh, and that time we took a ferry over to Lantau and the signal went to 7 and the ferry stopped!

      I love my time in Walnut Creek, with my mother. It’s when I most truly relax. I’ll probably mention it when I post!

  3. ladynimue

    26/06/2012 at 9:42 am

    Interesting prompt. though it led me on A completely different track of thoughts ..

    Here’s my poem :

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:47 am

      Lady N, I always love to see you here. I think I love most, those poems I didn’t start with. I’m heading over now.

  4. Yousei Hime

    26/06/2012 at 10:14 am

    Alright…here you go. Not exactly filling the prompt, but not exactly ignoring it either.

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:48 am

      Yousei, such a rebel 🙂 I look forward to reading it and seeing how you manage both. Be there in a bit.

  5. Hannah Gosselin

    26/06/2012 at 12:11 pm

    Margo!!! Thank you, for this Tuesday Tryout! I’m thinkin’ summer truths and images now…be back soon! 🙂

  6. Misky

    26/06/2012 at 12:20 pm

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:51 am

      Misk, I’m with you and I haven’t read the poem yet!

  7. purplepeninportland

    26/06/2012 at 4:03 pm

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:53 am

      Sara, i love that you love it. Feel free to do this one again! I’ll be over, shortly.

  8. barbara_

    26/06/2012 at 4:29 pm

    Home again, home again. Full of stuff I’ll never assimilate, and not ready to get serious yet.

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:55 am

      Barbara, You’ll be surprised what your brain will do once you don’t think about it [and have caught up on a little rest]. So, write me: how was it, was it worth it, what excited you…? You know, everything.

      I’m catching up on four days away from the computer, so shall be over as soon as I can. Darn medical appointments keep getting in the way.

      • barbara_

        27/06/2012 at 3:25 pm

        Do you that, too? Schedule clusters of maintenance appointments too close together. I’ve had times when I thought I ought to be ill, just because.
        Rest. IS. Good. Needed it. Or I wouldn’t have been punchy enough to try a terza rima sonnet.

        • margo roby

          27/06/2012 at 7:32 pm

          Barbara, right now I cluster because my doctor is in San Antonio and I’m only there a couple of weeks.
          Punchy can be good too, if you try something difficult. Interesting things can arise. Of course, you don’t have a problem with interesting things arising, at any time, that I can tell.

  9. vivinfrance

    26/06/2012 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry, I’m all out of synch. Here’s my pseudo-poem from the first ‘summer’ prompt:

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:58 am

      Oh, ViV. I sometimes think I will never catch up. I like this summer thing where you can post your poem in the current post. I may try that when summer is over and I look over the new season oof posts!

      Dentist now and then your poem when I get back.

  10. The Happy Amateur

    26/06/2012 at 7:26 pm

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 11:59 am

      Sasha! Lovely to see you. I will visit when I return from the dentist. I am trying to catch up from a few days away!

  11. pmwanken

    26/06/2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hello! 🙂 margo, you’ll recognize the image I chose… 😉

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 12:00 pm

      Paula, without even going over there 🙂 Can’t wait. I shall save you for post-dentist.

  12. Irene

    26/06/2012 at 9:40 pm

    The truth about summer.

    summer, Munich

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 12:01 pm

      I like that, Irene: The truth about summer.

      I shall come find out what it is, after the dentist!

  13. Veronica Roth

    27/06/2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Margo, was really looking forward to finding some time to do this. Oh darn, fogot to link up people…will update a bit later with links. Where does all the time go?

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Veronica, My mother tells me it gets worse… worse! I have found if I take a cleaver and am determined I can carve out time. The cleaver and determination are vital.

      I’ll be over in a moment… or so.

    • margo roby

      28/06/2012 at 1:06 pm

      Found this waiting patiently in spam!

  14. Sharp Little Pencil

    27/06/2012 at 6:52 pm

    The perfect summer prompt… and just in time for my best friend’s birthday… suit! Amy

    • margo roby

      27/06/2012 at 7:35 pm

      Amy… another name that makes me smile as soon as I see it. I shall be over, shortly!

    • margo roby

      30/06/2012 at 8:17 am

      Hi Randy — I’ll be over in a tick.

  15. Annette Mickelson

    02/07/2012 at 4:24 pm

    I got mine done! Fun — I might play with this one again.

    • margo roby

      03/07/2012 at 12:56 pm

      Finally, I am somewhere where I can get caught up! I am so glad you liked this one. I hope you do play with this one again. I encourage play!


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