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Poetics Serendipity

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Brandon Flowers’ new album The Desired Effect — which I just bought

Hello, there. Everyone okay? Staying dry and away from water sources, all my Texans? I don’t visit people’s Facebook walls, as a rule, but yesterday I spent some time checking on all the people I know. More rain coming. Stay safe.

On Tuesday I alluded to my summer program. I usually go dark on Thursdays and Fridays, give you a program of the summer’s prompts ahead of time, and don’t comment. Having the knowledge that summer is here burst on my brain last week (yeh, yeh, back off); I had a modified panic, decided to try a serial prompt, and went into avoidance mode. The new plan is I will post the usual Tuesday prompt. I will still try the serial prompt, based on one topic. I may or may not do Thursdays and Fridays, as they will be the only ‘normal’ part of my life over the next six weeks, as we pack, visit, pack, visit, and pack out, for our final move (as far as we know). We’ll see how I do.

Hah! I just read an email from my Florida brother. Our family has a wide sense of humour. Dark is included. He writes: you can always hire a barge and float your stuff to San Antonio.

Let’s link:

1] Poet (and much more) Diane Lockward, has posted the first in a three-part series. Summer Journals A – F, 2015 details many journals that do read during the summer and some that read only during the summer. Diane includes the number of issues per year, the submission period dates, which journals accept simultaneous submissions, and which ones accept online submissions.

Take a look, then bookmark this invaluable resource.

2] Write to Done: Jenna Dalton has put together an incredible list, 102 Resources to Transform Your Writing. These run from general tips, to burnout, to the writer’s voice, to one of my favourites which tells us why writing tips are bad for us. You can spend hours wandering amongst the 102 possibilities, hence the ‘bad for us’.

On the theory most of us would like to wander through but don’t have time, I may pick a couple of the suggestions as links, in the next several whatevers.

3] This link I may have given you. I have a fairly organised system but it’s growing rather large. I came across the site a couple of weeks ago and was reminded of it recently (thank you, Barb Crary). The site posts prompts. I don’t know who runs it, or how often the prompts are published (it is current, as they mention PoMoSco), but if you are restless and need a quick idea to jumpstart a poem, check Poetry Prompts.

4) Almost forgot. James Brush is accepting submissions for Issue #4 of Gnarled Oak. Head over to read the guidelines. Write. Submit.

Not much in the way of reading but plenty of links. Have fun. I will see you tomorrow for the prompts roundup; next Tuesday for the first in our summer series prompts; and Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 28/05/2015 in links, poems, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Challenge Yourself

first photo 308:19 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Yesterday’s Songs sung by Neil Diamond

Hello, everyone. Another week down and a weekend to write. Winter appears to have fled far, far North. Anyone feeling uneasy about February?

First, a reminder to submit to Gnarled Oak. They are reading for Issue 3, due out 15 April. To get an idea of what they are looking for, visit.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week involves a bit of play. You don’t want to create a monster? Then the other prompt that caught my attention is the haiku one. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda is taking time off while she travels. Watch this spot. 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. Whoa! Stacy has changed the look of the site. Focus, Margo: The prompt is fun and based on the art of Tarot cards. You don’t have to own a set, or even believe in it. Think of this as an image prompt. To see her example cards and read what she says, go on over.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, gives us birds. Adele asks for a theme that somehow relates to or juxtaposes bird life and human life. She also gives us a list of birds and their symbolic associations. Head over to read the full prompt.

Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. 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 has a photograph that would seem to be a What’s the story, kind of image. The photo needs close study, as there are many details not apparent, at first. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Gabriella gives several choices for writing about writing, so visit to read her ideas.FPR-200

Oh, what fun. At the Found Poetry Review: “What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” Or: “Can I get a book telling me how to be mistress of ceremonies at a musical orgy?” Go on over to find out what that’s about. I promise fun, even hilarity, even if you don’t end up with a poem.

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 stability, going backwards, and maladies. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Mama Zen is in the house, at imaginary garden with real toads, where she gives us a quote from Poe and a question, as inspiration. Go play with the toads.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us fashion. Even if you are thinking ‘Fashion? Enh.’ go read the two poems Susan has chosen. See what she has to say on the topic and the other bits of inspiration she has for us.dverse

Over at dVerse Brian challenges us to a form… our choice. Then he wants us to, well, go see what he says. Head to the bar. They love visitors; I can hear the clinking of ice.

I shall see you Tuesday for my image prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 23/01/2015 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Write! April is Around the Corner

first photo 309:53 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Vivaldi

Hello, all. We have blue sky and sunshine. My cacti are very happy. I’m a little late, so let’s get to it.

First, a reminder to submit to Gnarled Oak. They are reading for Issue 3, due out 15 April. To get an idea of what they are looking for, visit.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is a list of quotes from Pema Chodron. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives our set of words to Wordle. I am tempted… If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink

Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy talks a bit about poem sketching and has given us a bunch of mini-wordles with which to practice; she suggests we use them in any combination we wish. To see the lists and read what she says, go on over.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, has this warning from Adele: Whatever you do, don’t read the articles, only the headlines. She has a new take on using headlines as inspiration and a list of tips. Head over.

Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. 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 has a photograph by Elene Usdin. The photo looks a trifle bizarre until you figure out the photographer’s purpose. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Mary says: shoes or feet. Visit to see what about them and to read a fabulous Bukowski poem.FPR-200

Oh, what fun. At the Found Poetry Review: “What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” Or: “Can I get a book telling me how to be mistress of ceremonies at a musical orgy?” Go on over to find out what that’s about. I promise fun, even hilarity, even if you don’t end up with a poem.

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 stability, awkward mistake, and kindling. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Fireblossom, at imaginary garden with real toads, gives us a lovely wintry photograph and Vivaldi’s Winter, as inspiration. Go play with the toads.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us birthdays. Head on over to see what Susan has to say on the topic and the different bits of inspiration she has for us.dverse

Over at dVerse Victoria revisits a new form developed by Brian, the ten-word. Head to the bar. They love visitors and rumour has it they are offering hot buttered rum.

I shall see you Tuesday for my prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 16/01/2015 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetics Serendipity

9:26 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Jimmy Buffett singing Boat Drinks

Hello, all. Ugh. I slept in. In theory that’s lovely. In fact, I will spend the day feeling I have never quite caught up on things. Also, getting halfway through something before realising it’s not right… I just spent thirty minutes organising the first of my NaNoWriMo talks before my brain told me it’s still October. The good news there is I have that started, so next week will be quicker.

For those of you new, in the last year, I spend November focusing on prose, which is not to say the poetry disappears. The prompts on Tuesdays are written for prose but for the purposes of writing and posting a poem this month, will be poem friendly. Thursdays will be me talking about narrative writing with an occasional link regarding same. Okay, today:

1] First: Submissions for Gnarled Oak are about to close, so this is a last call for the Fall 2014 issue. If you aren’t quite ready, don’t despair. The journal is also taking submissions for Winter 2015 [as in January, not next year, December]. The editor, James Brush [whom many of you will know as Coyote Mercury], says, Gnarled Oak publishes high-quality poetry, short prose, artwork, and videos. We are interested in publishing work that leaps from the screen and keeps us up at night thinking. The kind of work that makes us want to rush out and share it with the people we love most. We like work that asks more questions than it answers. We want to read work that will inspire others to create. Go on over to read the full submissions guidelines.

2] This is the one to bookmark somewhere you won’t lose it. Purdue University offers a free Online Writing Lab, the OWL (clever, huh?). The site is overwhelming in all that it offers, but it is tightly organised and I found I couldn’t get lost, much. I am going to point you at the main area of interest for us, generally, Creative Writing. The link brings us to a window with the topics that are discussed. Click on any of the four topics listed and you will be taken to its page. In a small pane to the left you will see what is included, as well as the other topics. Elsewhere on the site you will find grammar usage, mechanics, the MLA and APA guides, exercises, other types of writing… just go.

3] I love this last, which is really pure entertainment rather than a learning something new post, although, as I say rather frequently, it never hurts the brain to have things it knows pointed out to it, again. The article, 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors, by Cody Delistraty, is a wonderful collection of quotes which must have been great fun to find and curate. Some of them are eye-openers regarding their authors. I particularly like Jack London’s: You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Dorothy Parker’s got an out loud laugh. [If I have posted this before, my apologies — I try to keep everything organised but there is so much!]

I will see you tomorrow for the prompts roundup; Tuesday for the first NaNoWriMo prompt; and next Thursday for a post on fiction tips, as learned by me when teaching the analysis of literature, as well as creative writing.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 30/10/2014 in links, writing

 

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Poetics Serendipity

7:53 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Tonight’s the Kind of Night sung by Noah and the Whale

Hello, all. Time is running. One of the things I love about my Thursday posts is the reading I have to do before deciding whether you’ll enjoy, or find useful, a particular item. The reading forces me to slow down and concentrate — speeding up one’s day is addictive and needs to be fought. So, here are a few things for you to call a time out with.

1] This first is more in the nature of an announcement. Many of you have known James Brush for as many years as I have — there is a group of us who met over writing small stones some four years ago. The name Gnarled Oak is familiar to us as his place for his own small stones. Now, James has turned his hand to publication, not of his work, but ours, should we submit and be accepted. In a nod to Gnarled Oak‘s past, the first issue will start small with a micro-poetry, prose, video, art, whatever issue. Welcome the newest online journal.

2] Next up Jeffrey Levine and a preview of points four through six which he will post next week. Levine tells us, we’ll skip this week in honor of the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Happy New Year!), but he does give us the original versions of these three points and says: Next Wednesday it’s a manuscript-making throw down, in which we invoke Shelly’s Ozymandias, and explore those three points even more closely through the lens of Shiva, God of Destruction, the third god in the Hindu triumvirate, as we learn from the gods how to re-create our manuscripts by destroying. I can’t wait.

3] Hmm. I need to give you something to chew on. How about two recent articles on the latest findings about reading and writing (while the writing refers to prose, as in journaling, or narrative writing, all the points work for poetry). Since the advent of e-readers, there has been a fight between its advocates and those of reading paper books: now, science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books.

The article on writing sums up with: From long-term health improvements to short-term benefits like sleeping better, it’s official: Writers are doing something right. Even blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to the effect from running or listening to music.

Both articles are short and easy to digest. Keep in mind these are early findings.

That’s it, a nice easy week. I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup of prompts; Tuesday for a word prompt; and next Thursday for links.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 

 
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Posted by on 02/10/2014 in links, poetry, writing

 

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