8:18 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello, all, and a Happy Australia Day. Plus, the weekend approacheth, so let’s go.
Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she discusses the poetry of song lyrics, through Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer. She suggests we: Try taking some of your favorite song lyrics and relining them as poems. To read her post and example head over. I can tell you, now, that it’s a lot of fun and might be used as a step off for a found poem, or an erasure poem.
Joseph Harker’s Reveries takes us into the land of symbols where he encourages us to frolic. There is, in Joseph.’s words, a first part, a tricky part, a trickier part, and an added challenge. Visit to read about symbolism and what he suggests we do to stretch that writing muscle and to read the responses of the people who have been frolicking already.
Over at dVerse, we are asked: For this week’s Poetics, let’s cross some borders with our pens. The lead-up to this is an interesting discussion of borders and when I think of how full of borders my life is, I find a wealth of material to write about, using borders as a start point. Head over to dVerse and try not to get lost in the ballade form waiting in another room.
This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: Colour My World (and we don’t even care if you stay within the lines!). Head over to read the full prompt and our hosts responses.
At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from Alice Hoffman’s book, The Story Sisters. Visit to see the wordle [40, Brenda!] and to read what others have done. Go crush those ashen sisters and scatter their shards…whoops, sorry, I didn’t manage to come up with a poem. My brain picked this out while I was looking at the wordle, just now.
Carry On Tuesday gives us the title of a musical soliloquy by Peggy Lee. To read the line and for a link to hear Lee sing the song, head over. I stopped for a moment to listen. Lordy, what a warm and lovely voice.
I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact.
Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to try a headline poem. They provide links and images from several New York Times articles. Looking towards next week: no theme! A freeforall, you might say.
Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the image. At first I was startled, then amused, then intrigued. I have left the site; the image has not left my mind.
Poetry Jam, provides us with a prompt from Dani, this week. She talks about sensual poetry and, as sensory imagery is vital to a poet, it is vital you visit. Were you aware there are other senses? Several other senses? Me either. But it makes sense and opens up sensory imagery to even more possibilities.
For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday is doing something new with their introductions: they are introducing their contributors with a mini-interview. This week is Berowne, whom some of you will have stumbled across in our cybering world. I gave you a link to his blog because he uses many of the prompt sites we do, in a completely different way. Visit him, if you haven’t. Your submission does not have to be written. You can submit a photograph or illustration that fits the letter of the week.
Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday Kenia introduces us to Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet. Then, she asks us to write a futuristic poem. Sounds like fun and different, so go over and read what it’s about. Mary’s prompt for Friday not only asks us to try a conversation poem, but gives wonderful examples. Even if you don’t think conversation is your thing [you might be surprised -- there are so many ways of approaching it], visit to read the Naomi Shihab Nye poems, especially the second one. Tidbit: When someone recognizes you in a grocery store/nod briefly and become a cabbage. I know!
The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are bubble, lumber, and wreck. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections. Visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.
We Write Poems titles their prompt, Kissing the Ceiling. I figure that’s enough to get everyone to visit.
At Poets United, our focus is roads. Where to start? Think about it. Roads is huge. For now head over and read the prompt and look at the gorgeous photographs. Oh, and while you are there you can read this week’s interview, if you aren’t up to your eyebrows in things you know about me.
Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. This week, among other things, we have e-stewards…
That should keep you off the streets, busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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!
Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.
See you Tuesday for an image prompt; next Thursday for an interview with poet, James Brush, if we get it done in time — if not, we have announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.
Happy writing, everyone.