Poetry Freeforall: Pick One, Then Another

10 May

8:05 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Poems sung by Mandy Patinkin (yes, that really is the title, an exquisite little song)

Hullo, all. First, a reminder that I keep a tab at the top of my site with even more poetry prompt sites. These are sites that already have a ton of visitors, or are new and we’re trying them out. For example, this week we have a new image site and I know how much you like image prompts! Alastair’s Blog is one you can check every day, or keep handy for those days when nothing works and you need random inspiration. Alastair is mad for photography and posts an image a day. You will need, sometimes, to scroll through some inspirational quotes, as Alastair likes to collect them. Sometimes you might visit for that!

Shall we?

We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning and a dip into the Tow Truck archives, February last year. The exercise was fun then and still sounds fun plus, should we need one, it gives us an excuse to watch television. We are asked to, Look into the background and write down what you see there, as many details as you can. To find out the background of what, and what to do with your list of details, head to the Tow Truck.

Space held for Joseph Harker, last seen at naming constellations. [I don’t know about the rest of you Joseph followers but I don’t like my week unpunctuated by his appearances in my inbox. I hope his vacation from the world of cyber is doing him some good.]

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl This week her central focus is forgiveness. Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems. Like I said, Adele offers much.

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a poem Brenda wrote during NaPoMo. I’m trying to figure out how I missed them. 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 part of the title of a Neruda poem. I was so intrigued by the whole title, I stopped to read the poem. You might want to wait until you have written your poem. I’m betting on my brain forgetting. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. 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 Mary Cassatt. This particular painting is one where you can write a poem from the title, rather than the painting. 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.

Laurie at Poetry Jam, wants us to get our buzz on To find out how, or with what, head to the Jam.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we accompany her on a wander through the roses. She is showing us photographs; I feel like I am walking through a poem. Don’t forget that 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, I have given you the general address, as I can’t choose between the radio prompt, or Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge to write a Prelude. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, we are looking into red-letter days. Irene says, The idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on.

Ack!  Patricia K. Lichen, Author is closing down for a while. If you are curious as to why, I have given the link to her final message.  I am hoping the site remains open. Patricia’s place has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit. You can still find inspiration while exploring.

At dVerse, Tony would like us to try the Terza Rima form or, even, the Terza Rima Sonnet. I love that Tony says Terza Rima is rhyming poetry written in tercets – that is three-line stanzas. So far, so straightforward, except that — you know that except is going to be a killer. 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 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 metaphor prompt –get your weeping and gnashing done, now; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Pick One, Then Another

  1. Yousei Hime

    10/05/2013 at 10:30 am

    I too feel adrift without those familiar constellations. Even cloudless, the sky is overcast, shadowed, without those beckoning lights.

    Chocolate chip pancakes to the first one to spy a glimmer.

  2. Joseph Harker

    11/05/2013 at 12:15 pm

    It did quite a bit of good, I assure you. Back mostly-regularly. (Does that mean I get the pancakes? :D)

    • Yousei Hime

      11/05/2013 at 12:16 pm

      Clear sky and a particularly bright constellation shining. I smell pancakes. 😉

      • margo roby

        11/05/2013 at 1:11 pm

        You’d better be careful. There will be a knock on your door and there we will be, and we will expect pancakes, chocolate chip ones.

        • Yousei Hime

          11/05/2013 at 1:13 pm

          Now that would be a wonderful surprise. I’m moving into an apartment soon. I’ll be sure to stock pancake mix and chocolate chips for that very day. 😉


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