Poetry Freeforall: Here We Are Again

17 Jan

7:45 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Love Potion No. 9 sung by The Searchers

Hello, everyone. Welcome to all the new people who are following. We’re a friendly group so if you have questions, ask. I would also like to welcome back, for however long they are here, my two lead-offs, Donna and Joseph.

Donna of Put Words Together. Make Meaning. says of her new incarnation: Once a week, I will introduce a poem by a poet that is not considered “widely read” or with whom I have had little experience, offer some insight into what I appreciated about/learned from that particular poem, offer suggestions for further reading (both online and in book form), and perhaps even provide a writing or revision prompt based on the poem. Her first post gives us Karen Solie. What are you waiting for? Visit.

Joseph, of Naming Constellations, has returned with another R round of prompts, Resonance. We’re already at 2, so if you missed the first one, be sure to scroll down to it. He says of the new year: There’s not going to be a particular structure or theme to the prompts, and I may not always give an example poem of my own, but I’ll do my best to keep them up through the year. Those who have been with Joseph know that his prompts are  exercises in fun [okay, maybe a little hair pulling], but if followed can produce surprises. Resonance two begins with music. Head over.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda says, This week’s words came from a paper that a student wrote last week. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to consider differing perspectives or points of view, different memories of the same experience, and other situations in which “things” may be seen from two sides. To find out what she suggests we do, head over. Adele, as usual, gives many suggestions, as well as links to example poems.

Barbara is back with prompts at Qweekly, so head over and check them out. She has given us two prompts for this week, both of which look fun, especially the other one.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for this week’s line.magpie Her rhyming word choices are great for reminding us that one word can be used in many ways.

The Mag [Magpie Tales] has given us an incredible photograph of a lighthouse off the coast of Brittany. Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, challenges us with refrigerate/refrigerator. Head over to read what she says. Irrelevancy: I had the image she shows, of the running refrigerator, on my classroom whiteboard, for years.

carolOn Carol’s Wonder Wednesday she tells us to use her chosen images and words as a doorway. Today she gives us a photograph with a poem by Wendell Berry. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

The Found Poetry Review’s prompt, this week, asks for a remix from StoryCorps archives. Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have empathy, listening, and emotional rescues. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Brendan’s prompt only went up Wednesday and has 29 responses so far. Clearly the prompt works well, so go see what it’s about. I will tell you that it involves a word list from a Plath poem.Go play with the toads.

At We Write Poems Elizabeth has us looking into the meanings of zodiac signs. Visit to find out why.

At Poets United, Verse First does not appear to be present [I’m telling you, I only turned my back for a couple of weeks], but something called Poets United Mid-Week Motif looks like it will work fine as a prompt. The motif this week is equality. Head over to read what Susan says about it.

Over at dVerse, Victoria takes on active verbs. As I am slightly passionate on the topic, I didn’t even look at other offerings, so look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Hut buttered rum on offer.

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. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday for a word prompt; possibly Thursday, if anything comes to light; and Friday for the prompt roundup.OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, all.


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7 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Here We Are Again

  1. Carol Carlisle

    17/01/2014 at 1:32 pm

    It may be afternoon where you are but out here we just had breakfast; how about Singing in the Rain For us?

  2. Irene

    17/01/2014 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Margo, WWP started posting wordle prompts two weeks back. Every Monday.

  3. coalblack

    18/01/2014 at 1:28 pm

    This is extremely useful. Thank you.

  4. coalblack

    18/01/2014 at 1:29 pm

    ps–I adore the little woodcut of the magpie!

    • margo roby

      21/01/2014 at 7:44 am

      It was fun finding it. It does not take much to entertain me!


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