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Poetry Freeforall: Make Your Choice

8:08 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to One Man Band sung by Three Dog Night

Hullo, all. It looks like New England is heading into Fall. Hopefully, we’ll follow soon. Meanwhile, we write.

At Naming Constellations, Joseph Harker continues to refine. This time, he has a poem by Virginia Layton. Head over to see how it’s done, or to remind yourself of the type of things to look for in your own poetry. Don’t forget that Joseph includes a prompt at the end of his Refinery posts. This one is a good workout. Head over.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to write a poem about blame. However, she focuses on thinking about specific things as we write, on refining — this seems to be on everyone’s mind this week. Take notes.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has our list of words. Although I have not joined in, in a while, I discovered that each week’s words seem chosen for a series of poems I have been working on, so I am wordling. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have artwork by Jeanie Tomanek. It’s one of those paintings I love the moment I see it and can’t, for the world, say why. Go look.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, talks about rust. Literal and metaphorical. She suggests we focus on tactile imagery, whichever way we go. Head on over.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph of the Bay Area’s new bridge, finally open after decades, okay, many years. I have been watching it grow from Day 1, so am particularly excited. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

When I first started this list Poets & Writers was part of the offerings. Let’s bring them back for a while. I will give the address for the prompt page, as I find the fiction prompts are often perfect for poetry. I suspect some of the non-fiction ones are too. This week’s poetry exercise focuses on change, with some interesting suggestions. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it’s one of those weeks where I want to include everything, so I gave you the general address. There’s a fill in the blank title prompt, a things carried prompt, and a video of one of Seamus Heaney’s poems being read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has Nicole’s [known to many of you as ravenswing] first prompt up. She titles it Culture Shock. Head over to see where she starts us.

At Poets United Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems,  visit and see what they say about details.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. Last week, Miz Q told us she is going dark for September. She leaves us several suggestions for prompts. Head over.

Everyone likes a riddle. Remember the riddle phase of childhood? At dVerse, Samuel — we all like Samuel, too, right, so that’s a twofer — gives us a prompt built on riddles. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a prompt that involves an interesting form of repetition; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 06/09/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Labour Intensive

7:26 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to This Little Light of Mine sung by Amelia Zirin-Brown, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma & Friends

Hullo, all. Three day weekend for many of us. That means more time to write, right?

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker has poems to refine. He is a happy camper. Don’t forget that Joseph includes a prompt at the end of his Refinery posts. On another note, somewhere out there is a video of Joseph reading his poetry. He says ‘if you dig, you’ll find it, I’m sure’. A group hug to whoever finds it.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to write a poem about a metaphorical itch. She gives a brief back story to where the prompt comes from and keeps her focus tighter than usual on the topic. Head over to read what it’s about.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has our list of words. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have a photograph by Steven Kelly. Talk about metaphorical. Go look.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, talks about steps. Literal and metaphorical. This one can go in all sorts of directions. Go on over and see what he suggests.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph of a flower, close-up, with a question about how we deal with change in our lives. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

Poets United has a new type of prompt Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems. Okay, new for those of us who haven’t visited in a while. I like their idea of keeping the prompt simple — but making it more that just a word and leaving us to our own devices. Visit and see what they say about obsessions.

At imaginary garden with real toads, we have a WhoDunnit. For those of you who know any of the toads, the story is hysterical; for those who don’t… well, you’ll have an eye-opener. Not that any of the characters are based on real people ;-). Prompt? Well, yes. Not the usual kind and you may want to wander through the garden for a different possibility. I just want the story read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems offers us a different and fascinating type of story. Prompt? Well, yes, to do with a Jeffers’ line about humanity, but go read the story.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have a prompt that focuses on image and point of view. It sounds such fun that I may even arrive at a poem, and it has been a while. The second introduces phradles — you knew it had to happen. Visit.

I like anything Victoria C. Slotto writes for Meeting the Bar, at dVerse, and when she writes about revision and editing, well! Yes, it is a prompt for a poem. Or, at least, an exercise. Go read. It’s good for your health, even better for your poems’ health. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a borrowed prompt; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 30/08/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: A Browser’s Market

7:38 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen sung by Robbie Williams

Hullo, all. I think Atlantans are growing webbing between their toes. The good news is that we aren’t having a whole lot of high temperatures. While we all prepare to enter Autumn, or its counterpart Spring, let’s build a stock of prompts.

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker is calmer but will always need poems to refine. I will include his general site address, if he has no specific refining going on, because Joseph’s blog is as close to a teaching blog as you can get. Either he is writing his own poetry (worth reading and studying along with him), reviewing a chapbook, refining a poem, or offering prompts. (Remember that Joseph includes a prompt after he refines, just for our joy — another reason to send poems in).

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele is asking us to reflect and then to write about reflections, all sorts. Go on over to read the prompt and her suggestions. As always, she includes links to poems on the topic she has chosen.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda says she pulled the words from our hotel’s guest services book. She is in DC, dropping her daughter off at college. (Do you remember your first day?) If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine is offering homonyms on her rhyme word, so we can play even more than usual. Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have a photo by Elena Kalis. The image evoked an emotion as soon as I saw it. Looks to me like it might tie into Adele’s prompt on reflections. Go look.

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, gives us vision or visions. Or, both. Go on over and see what she suggests.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she speaks of that place we go to in our minds for quiet, in times of stress. As always her suggestion for writing is accompanied by an image. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, we are offered a prompt with a twist, by Isadora. The moon is involved. Head over to find out what’s what.  Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems wants us to work on conciseness, on finding the right words, on editing… you know, those things we should be doing but sometimes need reminding. Go on over to see what Neil says about less is more.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have a prompt that asks us to be joyful, and one that asks for a response to 3D art pieces. Visit.

At dVerse, (another fabulous teaching blog),  Brian asks us to be short and to make nice with g-man. For those who have not had the pleasure of meeting g-man, head to the bar and Brian will tell you how to get there. Brian wants us to write poems that find new ways to tell a story. It’s his birthday, at least, it was (Happy Birthday, Brian!). Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for found poetry; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 23/08/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Let Us Write

7:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Circle Game sung by Tom Rush — yes, I am on my desktop. Almost there. My wireless mouse died, so I am fighting with a cord, but I am on my desktop

Hullo, all. Is your weather as freaky as mine? Mid-August Atlanta and I am dressed in my woolies. The high today: 69. Let’s see what we have to warm things up.

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker is screaming for poems to refine; alright, not screaming anymore. A new voice sent in a poem, BUT he still needs poems. To read his latest refining, head over. Remember that Joseph includes a prompt when he refines.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele is asking us to write about forbidden fruit. Go on over to read the prompt and her suggestions. As always, she includes links to poems on the topic she has chosen.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has left us a list, despite leaving to take her daughter to college. Now, that is thoughtful. You will remember that I leave you in a little heap when I travel and I don’t even have her excuse, which would leave me prostrate. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has finally closed down.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine is offering homonyms on her rhyme word, so we can play even more than usual. Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have an image by Toulouse-Lautrec. It’s one of my favourites; I smiled as soon as I saw it, without realising I was doing so. If you aren’t sure what to write about — I notice there are fewer submissions than usual — write metaphorically, or in the abstract. Your poem never has to be about the painting.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, gives us the sound of silence, the song that is. Go on over and see what she suggests.

This week on Carol’s Light Words you can do much the same thing as Mary’s suggestions for her song, but adapt it to the topic. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, we are offered… songs. What is it with this week? That’s the third site to base a prompt on song. In fact, the toads have three posts based on song, so I have given you the general address.Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has another intriguing exercise. Neil wants us to write a poem that deals with context, something we all need to think about. Head over to read the prompt’s context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Tony offers us mathematical forms. He takes us through the counting series, Fibonacci numbers, triangular numbers and power series that he thinks offer great potential as the basis for poetry forms. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. We’re back to hot chocolate.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have a prompt that plays with light and one that deals with plusses and minuses, which excited me no end because I get to make columns and fold paper — I can’t help it, weird things make me happy.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for found poetry; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 16/08/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: To Another Year

7:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Home From the Forest sung by Gordon Lightfoot — don’t cheer for me, yet. My computer is not resurrected. I got desperate enough for music that I’m putting up with tinny laptop sound.

Ta dah! Je suis ici! Hullo, all. Here we go again. Shall we leap right in?

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker is screaming for poems to refine; alright, maybe he’s just yelling a little. While Joseph is working his way through what the heck direction he wants to take himself and the blog, he would like very much to be working on a few of our poems. Don’t worry if you have sent poems in before. I heard desperation in his voice. For those who don’t know, Joseph takes a poem and takes it apart to show what works and what doesn’t, and why. He was born for this, I promise you. It’s a shame there doesn’t appear to be an actual paying job.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele is asking us to try a persona poem, something with a point of view that should prove interesting and possibly fun. I say no more. Go on over to read the prompt and her suggestions. While there, scroll down the right side sidebar. She has a ton of interesting stuff. I stopped a moment to order Diane Lockward’s new book The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose the words from a Naomi Shihab Nye poem. It’s a great list. Despite having faded from the Wordle scene momentarily [I hope], I continue to write the words down every week and make my brain start connections. If not now, I know I’ll use these words later. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has finally closed down.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. Look around while you are there. I have missed my weekly dose and was happy to arrive here today, to find that Madeleine has made me laugh, once again. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have an image by Escher. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. What was the first thought that went through your mind when you saw the image? Grab it. Write. Is there one part that you are drawn to? Write.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, talks about losing electricity. I bet we all have a no lights story. I was in High School for my first loss of light and ended up typing my homework [with a typewriter] by candlelight. Go on over and see what she says.

This week on Carol’s Light Words the photo is a black and white that shows an interplay of light. Does it remind you of something actual or, perhaps, philosophical? Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun. I just warmed up by bopping to Paul Simon’s Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes — it’s a little harder in a recliner than my usual computer chair, but hey!

I ended my blog year with Hannah and here she is to start me up again. At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah promised us 22 weeks of magical, natural wonders. Wait until you see this week’s. The photographs are incredible. A place of great beauty, this. Visit. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has an intriguing exercise. Neil wants us to write dangerous poems. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Gay takes us through prosody. She writes a smart and understandable essay on line and metre. Metre is a weakness of mine and I tend to skim writings on it, but Gay held me and made me want to try… maybe. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. We’re drinking mai tais and ice coffee.

brownwood-bunny-headerWe have a returnee. Miz Quickly has been bitten by the bug. While we have her, visit and write. Post and link. I am giving you a general URL, as I haven’t figured out a pattern yet. She is posting every couple of days, so, already you are behind. Move, quick like a bunny. Today, she has given us a copy change and has picked a very good poem for us to work with. You’re still here?

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for an exercise, which remains a mystery; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 09/08/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: On the Menu

7:21 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to At the Zoo sung by Simon & Garfunkel

Hullo, all. Thank you for your good wishes for my vacation. Nine days ’til we take off. We already have a reservation at a lovely, little restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, where we’ll stop overnight on our way to San Antonio. I learned from my parents to map travel routes by restaurants. Let’s get into our own food for the soul.

tow-truck1Donna’s parking place.

 

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker refines his own poem, a circumstance that must have felt a little weird, at times. However, if we can learn to look at and refine our own work like he can, even to a degree, we would learn so much about our own writing. He includes a prompt to do with sound. Give it a go, even if you, like I, run for the hills when words like dactylic are thrown around (actually I was taught all the meters as a child, but don’t have an ear for it when writing).

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks what is our favourite childhood book. Well! I stopped for several minutes to ruminate and reminisce. What fun! My mother kept every single one of my childhood books and sent several boxes to me, a few years ago. I love seeing them on the bookshelves. Go on over to see what she suggests we write about.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has a lovely selection of words. I even wrote a poem. No, I didn’t quite get to posting it. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a line from The Sound of Music. It encourages a list poem. Head over.

Whoa! I found myself, a moment ago, with notebook in hand, writing a first line. It must be summer. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have a painting, Waking, Walking, Singing, in the Next Dimension? by Morris Graves. I found myself wanting to stop and write immediately. Many possibilities with this one. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. What was the first thought through your mind when you saw the image? Grab it. Write.

Laurie Kolp, at Poetry Jam, talks about vacations, and she has added a twist. Go on over and see what she says and to see her photographs.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she has given us some gorgeous photos of flowers and asks a great question, What is the scent of summer?. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I can’t choose. I want you to check out both Hardcore Americana and Kerry’s Challenge, so get over there. Investigate. I promise, you have never heard Amazing Grace sung like this. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is on the seventh of ten poems asking us to focus on a protagonist. This week, your protagonist is  metamorphosing. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Charles Miller says, Take out the scissors!  He focuses on the cut-up as a form. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. For those who haven’t seen the cut-up machine, can you say: cyber-scissors, baby!

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a profile poem and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone. (Why do you suppose all my links are grey instead of their usual bright red? Sigh… yeh, I’ll go up and add a text colour. I just want to know why!)

 
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Posted by on 07/06/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Push the Envelope

8:22 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to East of Ginger Trees sung by Seals & Crofts

Hullo, all. We’re moving too fast, people. I wish I knew a way to slow it all down. One way, is to visit each site — wild, huh? Or, choose one you don’t usually go to, with the firm determination of writing a poem to its prompt. If you usually avoid, say, images, then make sure you try an image prompt. If you have not written a limerick… well? What are you waiting for? Did you know you can write a story poem through limericks? Check out Madeleine’s composition down in comments here.

tow-truck1Donna’s parking place.

 

 

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker reviews Lesley Wheeler’s The Receptionist and Other Tales. No, not a prompt, but a good idea. Even if we don’t get around to reading chapbooks, we can learn a lot from a good review, and you know our Joseph. He says, in part, with tongue firmly planted in cheek: there is an equal mix of everywoman sensibility, nuanced university politics, and a rich literary allusiveness. Sounds intriguing, no? So head on over to read the full review.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, she suggests we try writing transformation poems, that is, poems in which something becomes something else. Her suggestions were eye-opening. I hadn’t thought of transformation in such a wide sense. Plenty of scope for poems. Visit to discover for yourself.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda says My daughter and I constructed this list. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us the opening line from the 1949 movie Adam’s Rib. As a challenge, the phrase is in French. His extra is a trailer from the movie. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have an image by Last Exit which leaves it all to our imagination, if we ignore the title, Ponytail. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. What was the first thought that went through your mind when you saw the image? Grab it. Write.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, talks about goodbyes, the good and the bad. Go on over and see what he says.

This week on Carol’s Light Words I have given you the general URL, as I see several images that might spark a poem. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

It seems I was just wondering what Hannah would be giving us next and here she is with the answer. At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah promises us 22 weeks of magical, natural wonders. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, your protagonist is going somewhere… odd. The post is titled Wizard of Oz Revisited. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Victoria takes us through synesthesia. The main thrust of my summer prompts are sensory exercises, so give this one a go. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Lemonade coming up.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for the summer calendar and first summer prompt; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Posted by on 31/05/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Visit. Write. Post.

8:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Lee Greenwood singing Mornin’ Ride

Hullo, all. Summer is a-comin’, although our temperature has taken a nose-dive, today. Atlanta is like that. Let’s go for a prompt walk.

tow-truck1We start with Donna. It occurs to me that most of you are looking for prompts that you can write, then post. Giving you prompts from last year doesn’t hack it. I’m not a superstitious person, but Donna has started my Friday postings from day 1. For now, I am going to leave the old tow truck image as my start. I can’t quite bear not to start with Donna.

At The Refinery Joseph takes on a poem by Guy Traiber. I am amazed every time he presents us with his refining of a poem, how much I learn. Don’t forget to keep sending your poems in to Joseph, so he has a stockpile. Joseph also gives us a prompt where he asks us to, Write a poem that combines your everyday life with those images. What images? Head over to find out. You’ll like the prompt.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, I had to laugh. She asks us for a portrait poem. Just a few days ago, I finished putting together my summer menu for your Tuesday prompts. One of the weeks asks for a portrait poem. Now I’ll just link to Adele!  [No, you may not link to your poem, if you write one. I want new, new, new.] Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a poem by Margaret Atwood: ‘Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing’. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a song title from Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. You might want to wait until you have written your poem before listening to, or reading the lyrics of, the song. Keith has given us a Frank Sinatra recording for our listening pleasure. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have a painting by Jamie Wyeth. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that. You can even riff off the title.

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, wants to know about shoes. What about them, you ask. Go on over and find out.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a lovely photograph to spark a poem. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it is Fireblossom Friday and a prompt to do with setting, something many of you are partial to. Head over to look at the wonderful photographs you might use as inspiration. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, your protagonist is Playing Sherlock. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Samuel Peralta gives us a complex but fun form, the glosa. Samuel is particularly good at taking people through a form, so give it a try. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for an  image prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Poetry Freeforall: Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

7:26 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Mumford & Sons singing I Will Wait… you’ll need to wait a moment. I can’t do anything and listen to the lead singer.

Hullo, all. Ready for the weekend? I thought so. Here are some prompts to accompany you.

We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning and a dip into the Tow Truck archives. We are asked to use the work of other writers for our own purposes.  This time, choose a rhyming couplet from any poem by another author. To find out what you are going to do with the couplet, head to the Tow Truck.

Aaaand, he’s back, ladies and gentlemen. The Refinery is open once more for your viewing pleasure. Not only can you watch a master class in taking a poem apart and discussing how it works, but Joseph adds a prompt to do with relationships and celestial bodies. You all have your metaphor on this week. Go on over. Don’t forget to keep sending your poems in to Joseph, so he has a stockpile.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl This week her central focus is letting go. Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems. Like I said, Adele offers much.

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from Time, a poem by Chris Martin. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a phrase from the movie, Moulin Rouge. You might want to wait until you have written your poem before listening to, or reading the lyrics of, the song. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. This week’s has two stanzas (no, I didn’t know, either). Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

What is going on at The Mag?! Only 41 responses to their photograph. Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that. Me, I’m fascinated with the ‘these things are forbidden’ sign.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, has a prompt that makes me want to stop and play, immediately. Head over to see all the possibilities to do with crystal, some of which might be fun to work together into a poem. Finish by listening to Tommy James and The Shondells. Of course I stopped to listen. That’s my generation’s music!

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph to spark a poem. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, the images in Margaret’s post are so cool, I didn’t look further. You can explore while you are over there. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, Your protagonist is having a Zen moment. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Anna has a wonderful post on one of the underpinnings in the art of poetry, specifically, the role of volition and velleity. This is another case of my going no further. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. I hear they’re thinking Sangria time is coming.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a guest prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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Poetry Freeforall: Pick One, Then Another

8:05 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Poems sung by Mandy Patinkin (yes, that really is the title, an exquisite little song)

Hullo, all. First, a reminder that I keep a tab at the top of my site with even more poetry prompt sites. These are sites that already have a ton of visitors, or are new and we’re trying them out. For example, this week we have a new image site and I know how much you like image prompts! Alastair’s Blog is one you can check every day, or keep handy for those days when nothing works and you need random inspiration. Alastair is mad for photography and posts an image a day. You will need, sometimes, to scroll through some inspirational quotes, as Alastair likes to collect them. Sometimes you might visit for that!

Shall we?

We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning and a dip into the Tow Truck archives, February last year. The exercise was fun then and still sounds fun plus, should we need one, it gives us an excuse to watch television. We are asked to, Look into the background and write down what you see there, as many details as you can. To find out the background of what, and what to do with your list of details, head to the Tow Truck.

Space held for Joseph Harker, last seen at naming constellations. [I don’t know about the rest of you Joseph followers but I don’t like my week unpunctuated by his appearances in my inbox. I hope his vacation from the world of cyber is doing him some good.]

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl This week her central focus is forgiveness. Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems. Like I said, Adele offers much.

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a poem Brenda wrote during NaPoMo. I’m trying to figure out how I missed them. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us part of the title of a Neruda poem. I was so intrigued by the whole title, I stopped to read the poem. You might want to wait until you have written your poem. I’m betting on my brain forgetting. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a painting by Mary Cassatt. This particular painting is one where you can write a poem from the title, rather than the painting. Remember that you do not have to address the whole painting, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that.

Laurie at Poetry Jam, wants us to get our buzz on To find out how, or with what, head to the Jam.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we accompany her on a wander through the roses. She is showing us photographs; I feel like I am walking through a poem. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I have given you the general address, as I can’t choose between the radio prompt, or Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge to write a Prelude. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, we are looking into red-letter days. Irene says, The idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on.

Ack!  Patricia K. Lichen, Author is closing down for a while. If you are curious as to why, I have given the link to her final message.  I am hoping the site remains open. Patricia’s place has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit. You can still find inspiration while exploring.

At dVerse, Tony would like us to try the Terza Rima form or, even, the Terza Rima Sonnet. I love that Tony says Terza Rima is rhyming poetry written in tercets – that is three-line stanzas. So far, so straightforward, except that — you know that except is going to be a killer. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a metaphor prompt –get your weeping and gnashing done, now; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

 
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