Poetry Freeforall: There’s No Stopping Them

03 May

7:44 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Where Have All the Flowers Gone sung by The Kingston Trio

Well, hi, everyone. I think I have forgotten how to do this. I do know, Start with Donna:

We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning which gives us a brief look into Collin Kelley’s new book Render. She describes his poems as narrative scenarios that function much like scenes from a movie. Beyond the responsibility I feel to read a fellow Atlantan’s work, I trust Donna, having discovered several poets through her recommendations. Head over to read her review.

Visit naming constellations and read Joseph’s thoughts for the direction of his blog for the next few months. Those who have sent him poems to take apart in The Refinery, do not despair; he has not forgotten. This month of prompts has kept him reminded that he likes to create poetic exercises for us, just not every day. If you have not had time to read, or write to, Joseph’s Recursions, go. For the extended metaphor alone, you should read.

Head over to The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog. Prompts start again tomorrow, so remind yourself to check. Adele’s prompts are always wonderful. For today and a laugh, visit to read (scroll down) ‘How a Poem is Written,’ by Michael T. Young. It should resonate. Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from an episode of Seinfeld. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a familiar phrase, so the trick will be to make it fresh. As always, Keith leaves a link, this time to the origin of the phrase and to a t.v. episode. Go on over.

I have been missing my weekly laugh. 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 Helen Ward. Either you all are tired, or you aren’t sure what to make of it. Only 45 people have tried their hands. Remember that you do not have to address the whole painting, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that.

Alan [Alan? I was only gone a month] at Poetry Jam, wishes us to soak ourselves. To find out how, or in what, head to the Jam.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we are stopping at Dance Around Friday. 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.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it is Transforming Friday and the last of the Eco-regions. Head over and see what Hannah wants us to do with the tropical rain forest. Those who follow Hannah know her posts are full of information, links to neat things, and discoveries. I wonder what she will transform next… Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks us to focus on a protagonist. We are warned that we will be living with this protagonist for a few prompts. Irene says, The idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author offers prompts in the form of a Monday quote, her posts on nature and ecology, and the comments. I have not seen a Friday post in a couple of weeks, so will link you generally. It’s never difficult finding a spark. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit.

At dVerse, Victoria has posted an essay on Voice. The poet’s voice is something we all need to be aware of, whether or not we want it to be heard. There is a prompt at the end of the essay. 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 a shake it out prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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3 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: There’s No Stopping Them

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    03/05/2013 at 6:00 pm



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