Poetry Freeforall — Even On the Run, We Write

06 Mar

first photo 3What? It’s 10:20 a.m.? — Atlanta

listening to Another Saturday Night sung by Cat Stevens

Hello, all. The trouble with trying to do six things at once is that something gets pushed off. Possibly, I should have gone dark… excuse me a sec — I need to put the sheets in the dryer… today. Forgive any and all typos, mistakes, or wild statements (trying to cover any eventualities of my brain working on a half-dozen things). Let’s go:

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is Tale Weaver’s — Can you resist trying the word grezzle?. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

You know how a group of words can catch at you. There’s something about this week’s collection. At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda asks us to leave our Wordle links in the comments of her blog. If you join The Sunday Whirls Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink

 Pink.Girl.Ink. My first thought was, Oooh. Stacy has designed a guided poem for us. As she says, The idea is really very simple, you follow steps 1-9 (sometimes more or less) and by following those rules/steps, the rough draft of a poem falls into place. Head on over to find out what the steps are.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog: Adele gives us a two for one. She has a guest blogger, Basil Rouskas, who talks to us about what evolves through workshop experiences. If you don’t have time, bookmark it for later, and scroll straight to the end where there is a prompt, one of my favourite revision processes.

Madeleine is running her limerick words for a second week because of Time Warner and an outage. Feeling blue? Need a laugh? Need warming up? Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Read several. They are in the comments so you don’t even have to leave the page. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short, so you can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales  Lee Miller in Adolf Hitler’s Bathtub, Munich 1945, by David E. Scherman. Given the title alone, I would thing poems would start, but the items in the photograph: So much. So rich in detail. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Brian (yes, that Brian!) has a fun idea to explore, that turns on the concept of a place’s local. To find out what he suggests, visit.

Ack, the sheets…okay… I do like to catch them before they are hopelessly wrinkled.


Found Poetry Review Beth gives us the New Age Bullshit Generator. I defy you not to check out the prompt and subsequent link.

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 empowerment, complicate it, and see the light. A whole little poem right there. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

At imaginary garden with real toads Margaret offers the paintings of Toril Fisher. We have seen her work before when we met her here, last year. Go play with the toads.

At Poets United Midweek Motif Susan gives us woman as our motif. Visit to read the quotations Susan has chosen. sasha

I laughed when I read Sasha’s intro, this week. She and I are on the same page. Now let’s see what you come up with using the wikem as a resource. At The Happy Amateur Sasha explains wikems. Head on over and see what she does with flame.

dverseOver at dVerse Anna discusses refining our poems through experimentation. She talks to us about reduction, oulipo and surprising conceit. There is a lot to love about this prompt. Go see. Head to the bar. They love visitors.

That should keep you busy. I shall see you Tuesday week, the 17th for one of my prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.



Posted by on 06/03/2015 in exercises, links, poetry


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 responses to “Poetry Freeforall — Even On the Run, We Write

  1. julespaige

    06/03/2015 at 12:14 pm

    OK I went a tad long with this one for Q and MLM 😉
    A haibun…
    After 9 1/2 inches of snow yesterday we won’t be seeing green grass anytime too soon.

  2. Sasha A. Palmer

    06/03/2015 at 1:01 pm

    It is funny about the fiery prompts this week, isn’t it?
    Good luck, Margo – moves are no fun. I’m sorry I’ve missed it – where are you moving to?

    • margo roby

      06/03/2015 at 1:18 pm

      I find, as I go through so many prompts each week, that there is an inevitable serendipity. It fascinates me.

      We’re moving to San Antonio. We’re doing it in parts. This is Skip’s spring break so we’ll cart a bunch of stuff with us in the car. The actual move will be this summer.

  3. Sasha A. Palmer

    06/03/2015 at 1:31 pm

    Atlanta will never be the same.. 🙂 All the best. Moves are stressful, but exciting, too. Here’s to a new page!

  4. C.L. Quigley

    06/03/2015 at 2:34 pm

    hi Margo, i’m guessing you’ve read Susan Wooldridge’s book before…Poemcrazy. and good to see you on PoMoSco! Funny how small the “world” is.

    • margo roby

      06/03/2015 at 5:58 pm

      I love Poemcrazy! I keep it right by me. Good to see you, too. It’s going to be a wonderful experience.


Join the discussion and feel free to critique, or suggest an idea for any poem I post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: