Poetry Prompts Freeforall: They Followed Me Home, Ma

07 Feb

7:53 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Spirit in the Sky, sung by Norman Greenbaum

Hello, everyone. All present and accounted for? Then, let’s find us some prompts.

Donna, in her Other People’s Poetry series, gives us Kristin LaTour. I’ve known her name as long as I have known Donna’s, which is as long as my blogging career. While they know each other, I came to them separately as writers. The prompt Donna offers is one of my favourites: take the end words from LaTour’s poem and create a new poem. Head over.

In resonance five, Joseph says we need to go to a space where you interact with others and to put your ears on, collect phrases to mine and grab hold of the little root-hairs of association that even common phrases tossed around near you can have, and follow them, up the roots, into their trunks and branches. The procedure he outlines is fascinating, so go on over and read the exercise.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen. 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 discusses personification and gives us several prompt possibilities Head over to see what she says and read her suggestions, tips, and examples, of which she always has many.

Never heard of a soundsuit? I MUST have one of the horses — watch the last video for a couple of minutes, or the whole thing! The horses are mesmerising. At Qweekly, Barbara has given us  a number of videos and instructed us to put on our own soundsuit. Visit.

We Write Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. You can have two wordle worlds!

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the 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 a  black and white photograph that I find fascinating, to the point that I sat and looked for quite a while before coming back here. There’s something about it. 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.

Gabriella, at Poetry Jam, wants us to write a tribute poem. She gives Maya Angelou’s tribute poem to Mandela as the focus for her set up. Head over to see what she says.

carolOn Carol‘s Wonder Wednesday while her theme is a singing day, I love that she arrived at this joyful thought through her dyslexic reading of something else. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

We all like the thought of cutting up words and mixing them, don’t we? There is something about scissors and a page. The Found Poetry Review’s prompt asks for a cut up poem in honour of William Burroughs who championed this form. Stop by and read about it. 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 interviews, super bowls, and laughter. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Marian gives us a prompt based on the work of Laurie Anderson. Don’t remember her? Head over and have a listen and read a bit about her work. Go play with the toads.

I do love Neil’s prompts. They open so many pathways. At We Write Poems we are instructed to watch a video to put ourselves in the needed frame of mind to read the rest of the prompt. Intrigued? Well, what are you waiting for? Go.

At Poets United, Poets United Mid-Week Motif is looking at love. Susan adds an interesting twist by asking us to pick One Age to speak from. Head over to read what Susan says about it.

Over at dVerse, Gay Reiser Cannon discusses songwriting and its relationship to poetry. Her articles are always interesting. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flashy Fiction Friday gives a prompt that is short and sweet. Walt presents a topic on which to write, a main character, a key object and a setting. Visit the newly furbished site and have a look around.

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 the first in a series of prompts; and Friday for the prompt roundup.OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, all.


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6 responses to “Poetry Prompts Freeforall: They Followed Me Home, Ma

  1. julespaige

    07/02/2014 at 4:15 pm

    Here is my attempt at Flashy Fiction Friday:

  2. Irene

    07/02/2014 at 8:24 pm

    Neil, he labors at his prompts like hell. Just sayin’.

    • margo roby

      08/02/2014 at 1:46 pm

      I know he does and they are infused with him. That’s one of the things I love about them.

      • Irene

        08/02/2014 at 7:22 pm

        Infused…hmmm. Know what you mean, Margo.

  3. Gpen

    12/06/2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hey very nice blog!

    • margo roby

      19/06/2014 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you! Excuse the tardy response. I’m in the middle of a bunch of stuff.


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