7:50 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello, everyone. There has been a flurry of newcomers, so welcome to all of you. I hope all is well.
Today, I am posting a list of prompts, with all the prompts for the Summer Tuesday Tryouts. I will focus on a different prompt each week, in the order I have them. The order is irrelevant for you. Any prompt can be done at any time and posted anywhere — a link to your post, left in comments, is probably preferable, but, if you don’t have a blog, or want to keep the poem off your grid, post it in comments. My mini-discourses and the poems you post don’t have to match [if they don't, let us know which prompt you are writing to].
The list is bare bones. You can look at an entry and interpret it how you will, should you wish to write in a different order than my expositions. Are you thoroughly confused? I know. I’m trying to say things in as many ways as possible, in the hopes of clarity. Example: Say I follow this list in order. This week I shall write about imagistic poetry, but you may decide you want to write a list poem. No problem. Have at it. Where do you post it? In this week’s comments, just as you always have. The poems and the exercises do not have to match during the summer. The following week, I shall write on cinquains. You may write… As always, there are no due dates. You post when you have a poem.
What’s that you say? Margo, it’s just going to be easier to follow your order. I know, but I wanted you to know you don’t have to. If you are away one week, but that’s the poem you want to write, fine, write it in place of another. Do two.
If you aren’t sure what I mean by one of the titles below, but that’s the one you want to write, make it up. You are allowed. What’s the worst that can happen? You have something different. Uh huh, and? Alright then.
Although all poems are built with images and words, poems that depend almost exclusively on image are called “imagistic poems.” They tend to be short, or a series of linking images.
By Elizabeth Searle Lamb
onto her body
in the ditch
by Leo Romero
For miles no one
just the clay road
the swerving car
the adoring houses
gathering about the church.
Spend a couple of days collecting images or, use your collection of images. Write one or more poems.
You may add as many other words as you need to make the poem work.
You may use punctuation or, you may (as in the examples) let the line breaks serve as punctuation.
Try to write at least twenty lines of poetry – in one poem or, in a collection of smaller poems.
You might write something along the lines of Joseph’s Reverie 21, but here, a charm bracelet of imagistic poems.
As next week is a travel week and I will be on the road — leaving New Orleans, for San Antonio — I will give you a link to an older posting of mine on cinquains.
Next week: Cinquains — with or without the syllable count. This form can be done without a syllable count, if you have a good ear for rhythm and follow the basic idea.
Diamante — Can you take it up a notch?
Long, or Line, Acrostic
Winter Poem — Because not all of us are sweltering! Or, because it will be a relief for those of us who are.
Form — your choice of subject and form
What I did on my vacation [no, no, this can be original as a topic; that's the challenge]— pick one aspect, or, write about the season, or write a list poem.
What if you write and post a poem before I discuss the exercise, and after I talk about it, you have a different poem? Write it! Post it!
The blog will be dark the week of June 12th and August 7th, my travel weeks. One big caveat: my mother’s internet connection and my laptop don’t get along. I may disappear. If that happens, you will have the list and you can post in any available comments — and I will go into seclusion with a computer and your poems, when I find a good connection, or return home.. Should I remain disappeared after the 15th of August, send out the dogs. Last summer it took me almost two months to get back to the computer. I’d rather not go through that again!
Ask as many questions as you need, to be happy in your understanding of this possibly confusing post. I will see you on Friday for the roundup, then not until Tuesday the 19th of June.
I can’t wait to see the assortment of poems that spill from you this summer. Take the ideas wherever you want, then bring them back as poetry. Happy writing, all.