Friday Poetry Freeforall: Grab Bag

22 Mar

7:55 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to (and watching) Jake Bugg singing Lightning Bolt

Hello all. I picture us at the week’s finishing line, limping, bloodied, bandaged but here. For the weekend let’s find something to play with while we recover.

Before we start our regular list, Barbara Young is announcing a prompt a day for National Poetry Month, i.e. April. Visit her site Miz Quickly’s Impromptu Poetry Month for a feel of what we are in store for. In her About section, Barbara says, we’re not going to concentrate on building Faberge eggs.  Now and then, we’ll consider form and function, but most days we’ll be working on the marbles and screws and old silver dimes to stash. Quantities. We want to get you loose-jointed and a little bit crazy. Later, you can work on polish. Head over to see the posts she has (links in right-hand column) and get a feel for the style of prompts.

tow-truck1We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning. and several choices of interesting places to go. In particular, the article on Modern Poetry and the link to Susan Rich’s Big Poetry Giveaway site, are places you will want to check.

The Refinery is back in business and I am being smelted, or at least, my poem is. Joseph has some ore to work with, but that doesn’t mean you should stop sending him poems. My filter, this time, as to what to send in was for a poem that had potential but I didn’t know what to do to move it on. Now I know what to do. I have already redrafted once and am breathing again about that poem. Visit and watch a master craftsman at work.

Head over to The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog. There is so much on offer today, I almost stayed. The prompt focuses on colour. Adele gives us a wonderful list of colours and their prescribed meanings. Everyone should copy and paste it for their files. Adele also takes on adjectives with a couple of quotes that made me laugh, especially Mark Twain’s. And, then there is the prompt. Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from Brenda’s Facebook newsfeed on Friday night.  The Whirl is celebrating its 100th wordle! Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a line from novelist Baroness Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (of course I have her in my bookshelf — you don’t? No, no, I don’t have her, but go look at her Wikipedia picture — scary). As always, Keith leaves a link, this time to quotes on age. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a painting by Picasso. I’m heading back over to see what people made of it. Only 48 people tried their hand. I find it interesting with this site to see what does and doesn’t work for writers.

Peggy at Poetry Jam, asks us to reflect on reflections. Head on over to find out the different possibilities and to see the photographs that might inspire you.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we are again stopping in at her Cloud Captions photograph. I loved this week’s photo which reminded me of a scene from Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood. Be sure to check out her Fridays. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun. Go wander on your own.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it is Fireblossom Friday. Head over and see what she wants us to do with cracks. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has another intriguing challenge. A clue: There’s a difference if you notice, between naming and renaming. Head over to see what Neil is asking us to play with.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author offers prompts in the form of a Monday quote, her posts on nature and ecology, and the comments. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit.

At dVerse, the menu offers so much choice that I’ll let you pick, this week. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a tab: Even More Prompt Sites. I give the general address for each place, as it’s easy to find the prompts.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for an image prompt; Thursday for more stuff on National Poetry Month — actually, mostly the challenge I am a part of, unless you have something on that topic you would like me to include in the post; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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12 responses to “Friday Poetry Freeforall: Grab Bag

  1. mizquickly

    22/03/2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks, Margo, for the mention. I hope it turns out to be fun.

    • Misky

      22/03/2013 at 6:40 pm

      I’ll be there.

  2. julespaige

    22/03/2013 at 1:39 pm

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    26/03/2013 at 1:57 pm

    Very nice!! I hope the lazy-susan turns and finds time on the table for more poetry writing for the month of April…I didn’t do much this last month. :/

    Nice to see Barb will be prompting!! Cool!

    Thank you for this, Margo! :)’s

    • margo roby

      26/03/2013 at 2:39 pm

      I’ll meet you at Barb’s!

      • Hannah Gosselin

        26/03/2013 at 3:20 pm

        Absolutely!! Shall it be tea or plenty of water…leisure or marathon style poeming?! 😉

        • margo roby

          26/03/2013 at 3:26 pm

          This is us! I’m thinking leisure and tea, lovely hot tea, perhaps with edibles that go with tea.

          • Hannah Gosselin

            26/03/2013 at 3:44 pm

            Yes, that is, quite literally, my cup of tea!! I found a great new organic chai…it has lemon peel in it and paired with raw honey and a splash of almond milk…it is most dessert-y!! :)!!

  4. julespaige

    27/03/2013 at 8:16 am

    This is really for that renaming post you had. I was thinking about it…and didn’t get around to it until We Write Poems ‘borrowed’ the Prompt. I enjoyed the challenge. I hope you enjoy:

    • margo roby

      27/03/2013 at 8:19 am

      Well, it’s you, Jules, so I know I’ll enjoy. I’ll save it for post-shower, second cup of coffee time :-).


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