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Poetics Serendipity

8:29 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to one of my favourites, Mack the Knife, sung by Bobby Darin

Hello, all. I don’t know about you, but one foot is still in December. It will help when the tree comes down (it’s so pretty, we’d love to leave it) — ornaments are stashed and Christmasy objects packed away, although I have every expectation of coming on something in August, as our daughter is brilliant at finding spots to place small things. I keep being surprised into a laugh as I come across something. Okay, gang, ready for some sites to start the year with?

1] I can think of nothing better than a series of TED talks to kick us off. Jessica Gross gives us 6 Ideas From Creative Thinkers to Shake Up Your Work Routine. I love the way Gross has structured her article. The six ideas are ones we are all familiar with, but within each, she gives us a link to a playlist of talks to go to. There is everything from an excerpt by Pico Ayer on The Art of Stillness to a talk on the power of time off.

2] The next link is compliments of d’Verse, which has put together a schedule of what comes when submissions-wise. I don’t know about your brain, but mine requires this kind of help.

3] In an article for The Huffington Post‘s blog, poet Robert Peake gives us this year’s mix of UK-based poets whose work gave me pause and, sometimes, made me gasp, in his article Five British Poets to Watch in 2016. With so many accessible writers, now, I am always grateful when someone points the way.

4] Just in from Found Poetry Review‘s poetry editor, Beth Ayer, Volume 9 has gone live.

S’okay? Go forth and discover. I will see you Tuesday for the next prompt and Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 07/01/2016 in links, poetry, writing


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Poetics Serendipity

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.


Posted by on 12/11/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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Poetics Serendipity

7:48 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Take Back the City by Snow Patrol — one of those songs I dance to even in my chair

Hi, everyone. I vote everyone in the US not living in California, or Florida, stay home and stay warm, today. The US weather map is crazy. Should you be home I have some entertainment for you; if you have to go out and make a salary because your boss insists (or you’re the boss), these will be waiting.

1] I think many of you will know the first item, from Facebook, but for those who don’t, I would not want you to miss out on the fun. The Found Poetry Review has announced its focus for National Poetry Month: We’re excited to announce that our 2015 National Poetry Month project will be called PoMoSco (short for Poetry Month Scouts) – an adventure that will require you to complete a variety of poetry tasks to earn merit badges across five found poetry categories.

If you love writing found poetry, then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t participated in National Poetry Month (an international event, at this point), then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t tried found poetry, then what are you waiting for?

I have participated, for the last two years, in FPR’s challenges and I’m here to tell you that the experiences are highlights of my life. I can promise you a special month. Have I ever lied to you? Then what are you… well, you know.

2] Winter can be tough. It doesn’t help writers, or writing, to be in the grips of despair, or to just be feeling blah. One of the best pieces I have read is on E. Kristin Anderson‘s blog. Her title: Write All the Words: A Creative’s Guide to Surviving the Winter Months Without Completely Spiralling into that Dark Place that None of Us Want to Talk About. Yeh, you weren’t going to check it, but now you are, aren’t you? EKA (who I met during the FPR challenges) writes from experience and speaks from the heart, with humour. She says: I’m a hot mess, too, but I thought I’d share some of my tactics. You know, tricks for keeping the hot mess under control. Or at least manageable.

3] We have seen pieces before from Robert Peake, the American poet living in England. In 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015, he tells us: Here is my contribution, now three years running, to the list of British poets that American readers of poetry ought to know more about. I figure American writers of poetry ought to know more about them, too. With each name, Peake gives a brief bio.

4] Trish Hopkinson, writer and blogger, gives us a post on Which lit mags publish nontraditional forms and found poetry. If your poetry qualifies as nontraditional, or found, and you submit, you’ll want to bookmark this. She talks, briefly, about each ezine, giving us submission dates and what they are looking for.

I know, I know, five is a lot, but this is such a mishmash of topics that I figure you won’t check them all, so one more.

5] How about finishing up with a playlist of TED talks, Words, words, words that presents talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language. There is something for everyone. With 14 talks, you’ll be hard put not to find an interest. Give yourself a challenge and watch one you might, ordinarily, pass over.

Whew! Now you’re glad it’s cold and you decided to stay home, right? Sorry, Australia, NZ, and places along the Equator. I don’t think ‘too hot’ qualifies in quite the same way. I shall see you tomorrow for the weekly roundup of prompt sites; Tuesday for my prompt; and Thursday for more links and such.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 08/01/2015 in links, poetry


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Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

7:52 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Mumford & Sons — Google Play has their album Babel on sale for $3.99!

Well, I had a topic. Hello, all. I did. I had a topic, but when I looked for my notes, yesterday, they were nowhere to be seen. I saw them only a few days ago. They are in a finite item: my Thursday Thoughts notebook. Now they aren’t. That means a little tap dancing, and that would be why ViV’s suggestion of ‘Your Serendipity,’ as part of the title, is apt.

We’re going to pull from the grab bag, which means we might find things a couple of years old. Ignore dates; I will check that everything and everyone is still around, if needed.

1] We start with a link to an article Risk & Point of View, by Chicks Dig Poetry. This is a topic we all have some interest in. Whether that’s you, or not, the article is well-written and presented. The author states ‘But I think point of view is undervalued as a determinant of tension. The POV you choose helps shape the risks your poem can take‘. Sounds like you should read it, doesn’t it? Go on over.

2] Next, we have a link for the enjoyment of your ear and eye, 10 spoken word performances, folded like lyrical origami gathered by TED talks. There’s quite a variety, but aside from enjoyment, I find these performances helpful to me for how they play with the sound of words, and the repetition of sounds. It doesn’t even matter whether I like, or don’t like, a performance. I can still learn something about writing poetry.

3] A visit to our regular, The Rag Tree, is third. The premise of his article is that ‘Language in many respects is identity, the way that we think; it defines us in the world. And speaking a language is power, the ability to communicate, to become involved in community‘. He gives two more reasons for learning a new language, but the bonus is his links to a couple of Scottish Gaelic sites. I found myself over at the BBC one, dutifully repeating phrases and feeling delighted. Gaelic is a language that has baffled me and I don’t much like baffled. Now I can learn some rudiments.

4] The fourth article, found on the site Write to Done, is an elucidation of how writers can use Google+ to their benefit. The author states, ‘In this post, I’ll be outlining the top tactics for writers to use Google+ to brand themselves, reach their target audience, and create an author platform‘. I can hear people rearing back. Trust me here. Under each business-like heading I found things that apply to groups and individuals of all kinds, whether they plan to post poetry, publish poetry, talk about poetry, critique poetry, or read poetry. Check it out.

5] Visit Debbie Ridpath Ohi for a laugh. I chose a specific that many of us can relate to: Where the hell is my muse? Sob.

Okay, gang. Happy browsing and writing.


Posted by on 24/01/2013 in poetry, writing


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