Poetics Serendipity

08 Oct

8:12 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Spirit in the Sky sung by Norman Greenbaum (one hit wonder)

Hail. I thought I’d try a different salutation. Fall continues to fall on most of the northern hemisphere. Some places are even rushing into winter. Me, here? Oh no. Let me dive into links before I become maudlin, again.

1] My grammar nerdly self was excited enough by the semi-colon, but this week I have the exclamation point. This punctuation mark I forbade use of, by my students, unless an actual exclamation was involved: Oh! Damn! Nuts! Look out! Aha! You get the point. If what you are writing is exclamatory, the words should tell the reader. If you have to use an exclamation point as emphasis, you haven’t chosen the right words, or the thing isn’t due a mark, at all. Check out How To Use An Exclamation Point Properly (& How Not To Use It) written by Julia McCoy, for Grammarly.

2] It’s time to check in with Poets & Writers with their Tools for Writers, where they occasionally update opportunities for submissions and jobs in the literary world. Scroll down and look to the right column when you get to the page.

3] Let’s round off with a cartoon from The Writer’s Circle’s Facebook page.

Nice and light, this week. I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt, possibly borrowed. We haven’t done one of those in a while. I’ll go  riffle through my books. And, I shall see you next Thursday for links and such.

Happy national poetry day and happy writing.


Posted by on 08/10/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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5 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. julespaige

    08/10/2015 at 12:26 pm

    Awe the comic is only available to FB.
    I’ll live.
    Be well. Here is a taste of autumn…

    autumn tree-oh

    willow weeping tears
    pastel yellow memories
    of green beginnings
    little feet crunch crisp
    fallen aspen jewels there
    gathered at curbside
    briefly fire red
    Japanese maple delights
    our romantic hearts

    (from my daily spot)

  2. Roly Andrews

    10/10/2015 at 12:31 am

    Thanks Margo – I always find your posts to be both enlightening and entertaining. I must admit your prowess and expertise in grammar and punctuation make me feel a little bit threatened, even when posting a comment. Chicken!

    • margo roby

      10/10/2015 at 8:51 am

      Not to worry, Roly, the English teacher in me is mellowing… more or less. I parsed your comment, because I knew you would want me to: perfect use of everything. I’m glad you visited and thanks for the compliments.


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