Poetry Freeforall: Come and Get ‘Em

26 Sep

9:07 a.m. –Atlanta

listening to Glen Yarbrough singing Baby the Rain Must Fall — takes me back to fifth or sixth grade, walking to school. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the song. Odd the memories that stick.

Hello, all. Ready for our week of prompts? New people: every Friday I collect the past week of announced prompts and say a little something about each one, so you have a one-stop shop, where you can decide which sounds likely for you to visit. The sites are in order starting with Saturday.

Mindlovemisery, which I introduced last week, starts us off because they have a prompt for every single day of the week. The prompts are a mix of poetry and prose, something for everyone. What I will do is give their general address and mention one or two of the prompts that catch my eye. Each prompt gives us a full week to post. This week, the two that caught my eye are last Sunday’s which involve six word stories. The examples are incredibly powerful. Also, Wednesday looks fun. The prompt gives a poem from a Romantic poet and challenges us to write a haiku inspired by the poem. Visit.

sepia sat 2We have several image prompt sites, now, so I try to make sure each has a different shtick. Sepia Saturday‘s is interesting in that they take their inspiration from old photographs. They also show us what is upcoming in the next two weeks, so our brains can start chewing on ideas. This week, we can respond to the whole photograph, or to tents, towels, turbans, motorbikes, uniforms or any other visual prompt you can find. sunday whirlHead over for a look.

The Sunday Whirl is beloved by many. Brenda has a gift for choosing words for her weekly Wordle. She also happily collects lists from contributors. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early. Check it out.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele suggests: it might be interesting to write a poem that begins with a line by another poet (kind of a new beginning for a previously written line). As she says, not a new idea. What is new are all of Adele’s tips, guidelines, example poems and several suggested lines, in case we don’t have time to go looking. Visit and wander around.

What’s that you say? Limericks are not for you? Then you have not visited Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Anyone can write a limerick, but a good limerick is an entirely other matter. I learned that here. Madeleine gives us a limerick she has written and our challenge is to use the same first line. She always gives a little wiggle room. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales is one of the most popular image sites, with reason. The images chosen, paintings and photographs, are always intriguing. We are given the choice of a poetry or a prose response. This week’s photograph begs for a story. Head over.Poetry Jam

Alan1704, one of the contributors to Poetry Jam, gives us clouds, this week. Go on over and read what he says about them.FPR-200



The Found Poetry Review suggests we take on Banned Books Week with an erasure [I like the irony]. They provide a list of titles and make the selection of what to erase easy. Head over to find out what and how. If you have never done an erasure, give it a try. It’s an interesting exercise.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. This week’s topics are banned books, false alarms and absences.IGWRTButtonrsz

Imaginary garden with real toads is a wonderful site and when herotomost is in full cry, highly entertaining. If you do nothing else, read his prompt trolling the cosmos for breadcrumbs. Enjoy. If you have the time, wander through the garden looking at their other prompts. Go play with the toads.

Red Wolf Poems does a whole different thing with wordles, this week. Irene discusses major themes in poetry, wewritepoemsparticularly that of death, then suggests a memento mori poem that must include six words found in poems written to last week’s prompt. The words are provided. Wonderfully Byzantine! Head on over to read the whole prompt.

Poets United Midweek Motif presents us with a motif each week. Susan accompanies the motif with quotes, photographs, and the occasional video, to spark ideas. This week’s motif is Heritage Week. Visit to read what Susan says.

dverse-nightime-finalI always feel as if I am coming home when I reach dVerse. In part that’s because they are our anchor prompt site; in part it’s a tribute to the good feeling the site engenders. This week, Gay Reiser Cannon introduces the Quarrel Form [intrigued aren’t you?]. Visit to read how Gay developed the form [yep, it’s original to her] and what you need to do. It looks like a lot of fun. Okay, some work, but a lot of fun. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation.

Enough distractions for you? Go to it, poets et al. I shall see you Tuesday for our image prompt; Thursday for links; and Friday for the next roundup of prompt sites.

Happy writing, everyone.



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11 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Come and Get ‘Em

  1. mindlovemisery

    26/09/2014 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for including Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie XD

    • margo roby

      26/09/2014 at 11:39 am

      You are welcome. If it’s okay with you, you’ll be a regular πŸ™‚

  2. julespaige

    26/09/2014 at 1:02 pm

    I played what I call ‘stuff the prompt’ – well actually several prompts fit what I wrote – others have enjoyed this piece using several prompts you’ve got listed here:

    Mindlove’s, Red Wolf and imprompt and one more too. πŸ™‚

    • margo roby

      26/09/2014 at 1:36 pm

      Good to have your mucho grande mixes back on here!

  3. julespaige

    26/09/2014 at 2:31 pm

    Ah, well glad you enjoyed that one… I put in the wrong link…

    I was distracted by Little Miss… Oh, well.

    • margo roby

      26/09/2014 at 5:18 pm

      Hey! So I get to read another poem.

      • julespaige

        26/09/2014 at 6:09 pm

        All month at ‘Stands’, Imprompt prompts any time you want ’em. πŸ™‚

  4. Tabatha

    30/09/2014 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for this list! I am saving it.

    • margo roby

      01/10/2014 at 8:21 am

      You are welcome, Tabatha! I update every Friday. Same places but I say what the prompts involve.


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