Poetry Freeforall: It’s That Time

17 Oct

8:29 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to a live feed from Hong Kong

Hello, all. Ready for the roundup? Forgive me if I am abrupt, and if there are typos, or I am less than articulate. Things are getting bad in HK and that is where my attention is focused.

Mindlovemisery presents its usual bounty of poetry and prose prompts: fairytales, haiku, shadormas, and more. The prompt that caught my eye asks us to write about yourself through the eyes of someone else. Head on over.

sepia sat 2Sepia Saturday has a lovely lantern slide image for us to study. The possibilities suggested are: Street traders, roadside artisans, menders, cobblers, tools-of-the-trade, hand-colouring and lantern slides. Or, if you just want to post an old photograph or two, that can be your contribution (which is fun, isn’t it?). Get writing and posting, people. sunday whirl

The Sunday Whirl is beloved by many. Brenda has a gift for choosing words for her weekly Wordle. This week, she tells us, fellow poet Catherine McGregor contributed the words and they are intriguing. I plan to dash over to check the poems created from these words. 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 shares the first poem she had to memorise and challenges us to heed what the great poet Marianne Moore once said, “Poetry is all nouns and verbs.”  Adele gives us a noun list and a verb list. Visit to find out what to do with them.

Anyone can write a limerick, but a good limerick is an entirely other matter. I learned that at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a fun photograph, Self-portrait, by Vivian Maier. The more I studied it the more portraits I spotted. There are a number of interesting possible commentaries to spark a poem from this. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Laurie Kolp wants us to consider graveyards. Cemeteries are one of my favourite places to visit, to stroll through and read the brief histories. Go check out what Laurie has to say.FPR-200

The Found Poetry Review give us a chance to play with another underrated form, one difficult to do well, the acrostic [it helps if you write a longform and don’t capitalise the beginning of every line] Head over to see what it’s all about.

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. They also, all work for prose. This week’s topics are blood moon, story in a song, and super powers.IGWRTButtonrsz

Imaginary garden with real toads has a prompt I could not resist. I ignored the one with lovely marble statues and went with Isadora and her request that we imagine a world where the Zombie Revolution is upon us, and you have holed up in a bunker, which you cannot leave. I mean, really. How can you resist? Visit to read  the whole. Go play with the toads.

Red Wolf Poems and Barbara give us another hard to resist prompt: Write a Gilligan poem. Again, I mean really. Head on over to read the whole prompt.

Yes, yes this is a new entry. Wordsmith Studio has a weekly (sometimes every other weekly) prompt. This week’s is A wordsmith studioDark and Stormy Night. Go on over to read the prompt and explore the studio. They have been around a while now (I’m proud to say I have been with them, albeit quietly, from the start) and I’m glad I can show them off.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us a topic that many of you are particularly fond of, trees. This time, Susan accompanies the motif with poems and several van Gogh paintings of trees. Visit to read what Susan says.

dverse-nightime-finalWe’re meeting the bar over at dVerse where we have a fairly new form to try: The Pleiades. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation.

Go to it, poets et al. I shall see you Tuesday for a word prompt; Thursday for links; and Friday for the next roundup of prompt sites.

Happy writing, everyone.



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5 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: It’s That Time

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    17/10/2014 at 10:40 am

    Excellent collection to enthuse the muse, Margo…thank you!! 🙂 Happy Friday to you, (all)!!

  2. julespaige

    17/10/2014 at 11:08 am

    Not that I needed another genre to get involved in… but now there are three pieces for
    MLM’s Fairy Tale prompts… I started a page on my fiction place just for them:

    I really enjoy the different features all in one friendly place. Thanks for including MLM’s prompts.

    I hope things go better in Hong Kong. Though anything with politics that create separation and promote conflict … never does seem to end well.

    • margo roby

      17/10/2014 at 4:28 pm

      I’m so glad you steered me their way, Jules.

      • julespaige

        17/10/2014 at 4:52 pm

        I’m having a blast.
        They are very nice hosts and very creative in the prompts department.


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