Poetics Serendipity

11 Sep

8:44 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Smothers Brothers singing Marching to Pretoria

and recovering from the momentary heart attack I had when I thought WordPress was going to force me to use their new format. No, they just moved the switch back button to the bottom of the page. Hello, all. Yes, yes, it is already Thursday and I have links for you to explore.

1] The first is a place to submit VERY short pieces. The subject line in the email I got from the writers’ resource thing I use, says: Do you tweet? Get your 140 character stories/poems published in Lime Hawk.

The email elaborates: Attention, Tweeters! Can you tell a full story in 140 characters or fewer? Lime Hawk’s new Weekly Word writing prompt offers you a chance to get straight to the point and publish short stories, poems, or sweet little ditties on

Each week, Lime Hawk will pick a word as a prompt. Interpretation is wide open. Tweet what you come up with @limehawkarts. We’ll pick our favorites and publish them on Lime Hawk.

The first word: COCOON

We can’t wait to see what tiny web you spin.

I was interested and checked out the site. Very nice. Visit. Non-tweeters, there are submissions opportunities for all.

2] I would reblog this next one but then I get thrown off as to what else I can write in a reblog. Jeffrey Levine [if his name sounds familiar he is founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press and I have posted links to his articles before] is giving us a workshop on preparing a manuscript. That’s what his articles amount to.

On Making the Poetry Manuscript — New and Improved, Part 1 gives us some background on  the Tupelo Press Writing Conferences. Levine tells us, ‘It’s important to me (and might be to you) to distinguish what Tupelo Press Writing Conferences are about, because great writing is at the heart of any successful publishing career, and because (as you’ll see further on) if you’re to make your manuscript a more successful swimmer in a sea of manuscripts, there are things you need to know.’

He ends the article with an update of the first tip from his original post on putting together a manuscript, from three years ago. Levine will continue updating his tips and, that we don’t fall too far behind, I have included a link to this week’s article, On Making the Poetry Manuscript — New and Improved, Part II. Whether, or not, you plan to publish a manuscript, his tips are well worth reading.

3] I’ve given you plenty to read, so let’s finish with a Debi Ridpath Ohi comic for writers

I will see you tomorrow for prompt site close-ups; Tuesday for a prompt on Labours; and next Thursday for more links.

Happy Writing, all.
PS If the spacing is wonky, it’s because it has been giving me grief. My preview looks okay now [except this PS which I can’t get separated… sigh…] but I think it lies.



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6 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Jnana Hodson

    11/09/2014 at 10:13 am

    What new format?

    • margo roby

      11/09/2014 at 10:33 am

      Aiee! Really? You’re not just having fun at my expense? A couple of weeks ago I arrived at my WordPress site to find that the new post format had been made ‘newer and better’. I hated it. Then, I was told that they are giving us an option and we can switch back. I do, each time. If you are not one of the lucky ones to have this [they may be testing on a small group], I’m not sure how to get you a look at it. If you open up your new post on your blog, look around [possibly right hand corner bottom] and see if you are given an option to try a new format.

      • Jnana Hodson

        11/09/2014 at 10:39 am

        We’re always being invited to try new themes, and not just here at WordPress. I’ve actually converting three of the blogs to ones I find much more appropriate than the themes I originally employed, although I lost some of the coding on one. My Red Barn, however, has a look that’s just right for its content.
        The one “update” that still annoys me has to do with my online security provider. I cannot get my Foxfire back to the home page I want, no matter how much I try. An online search for a solution tells me I’m not alone.
        Now, shall we scream?!?

        • margo roby

          11/09/2014 at 10:44 am

          These aren’t themes — which is how I lower my stress, playing with themes. This is when you open up New Post to blog.

          Ah! The home page browser dilemma. It’s not just firefox, which is what I have, as well. I have found if I right click on enough things I eventually find something [you would think I would write it down — you may chastise me] that gives me back my browser. You would think that would be a first and foremost tool. If ever I go through it again, I will make note and put it in a post.

          Of course, let us scream.

          • Jnana Hodson

            11/09/2014 at 10:48 am

            Oh, yes, that new version for new posts. Luckily, I keep going to the old tried-and-true one. Thanks for the warning.


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