Poetics Serendipity

12 Nov

8:33 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Istanbul sung by They Might Be Giants (who have a fascinating repertoire)

Hello, there. Everyone good? Nanos, still breathing? Let’s see what we have today.

1] The first place we will visit is short but fun. Kath over at For Reading Addicts gives us How to Write Fiction: Tips From Ernest Hemingway. In her introduction Kath says: Unlike other authors, Hemingway never wrote a book on writing, but he did give good writing advice and some of this is immortalised in correspondence and articles he wrote during his life.

2] TED Talks, anyone? Yeh, I knew you’d like that. I chose a playlist that focuses on narrative: 10 talks by authors. The talks range from ‘The Politics of Fiction’ to ‘What Fear Can Teach Us’.

3] Narrative structure being the framework that holds and unfolds the story, I push it every year. While looking around this year, I found an excellent article on Wikipedia (had to be written by an author, or teacher): Plot (narrative).

4] While all the above might be of interest to the poets,here’s one just for you: The Seven Types of Poetry, by Robert Peake. We haven’t had a piece by Robert in a while, and his is an interesting viewpoint.

Okay. I mentioned I will not be around Tuesday. I will be in New Orleans. Depending on the time of day, I will be sipping coffee, or a Bloody Mary, and eating beignets, or oysters. I will see you again next Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, all.


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11 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. b_y

    12/11/2015 at 11:40 am

    SA is closer to the Big Easy than Hot Lanta was. Chicory coffee and beignets. I can dig it.

    • margo roby

      12/11/2015 at 4:53 pm

      You’d be surprised. Both can be done in a day. My first morning’s coffee is to you, b. Maybe, even, a beignet.

  2. writersdream9

    12/11/2015 at 2:44 pm

    Have a wonderful trip and thanks for the resources!

  3. julespaige

    12/11/2015 at 5:30 pm

    Have a fun trip.
    Q and MLMM inspired this haibun that I think you might like.


    • margo roby

      13/11/2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Jules. On my way to read.

  4. lillian

    12/11/2015 at 11:44 pm

    I vote for beignets! Happy travels.

    • margo roby

      13/11/2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you. I’ll put you on the beignet list.

  5. purplepeninportland

    18/11/2015 at 11:07 am

    Happy time in New Orleans, Margo. Have some beignets, and bloody Mary’s for me. Love New Orleans, especially the music!

    • margo roby

      19/11/2015 at 7:42 am

      Sara, there was music on every corner. I ate a beignet for you and toasted with a Bloody Mary.


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