Thursday Takeout

16 Dec

12:00 pm, Thursday, 16 December, 2010 –  Atlanta

For those who did not read yesterday’s post, I will be traveling tomorrow and so am giving you Fridays’ Freeforall today. If I have a chance tomorrow I will post a Wordle or list of words for the weekend.



First a mention for a Writer’s Digest challenge, in case you have not seen it, and if you have, to encourage you to try your hand at it. The challenge is to write a form of poem called a sevenling. It’s a restrictive form but sometimes that makes it easier. I submitted mine yesterday and if you are curious to read some example sevenlings, I have given you a link to Robert Lee Brewer’s page. You can also check the comments for that page, as that is where people are posting their poems. I would be wary of using those as examples as they are not all clear sevenlings. The deadline is January 15, 2011.



We Write Poems which will post your poems next Wednesday has a prompt that asks: so tell us this week “what you want”. Another simple concept standing under the tree, words in hand. Let your thoughts drift onto this, explore, something more perhaps than that “doggie in the window” or a new pair of shoes. Head to their site to read more. I love the different possibilities and thoughtfulness of their prompts.

Writer’s Island has a simple word prompt but I’ll let you discover it if you wish, because it’s fun to visit the island.

Sunday Scribblings asks us to think about our limits: Coming up to the change of year it always feels like there is a lot of pressure to make a new start.  To promise yourself things or to seek to change yourself in some way seems to be the order of most January beginnings.  I think that before we leap into another year of resolutions, it would not hurt to look at what our limits are. Head to their site for the accompanying questions they ask to get our brains moving.

If you have not visited Cafe Writing–The Bistro, wander over there. They have an incredible prompt that involves six or seven different options [Try them all. You never know from where a poem will arrive]. They are due to change over today, but if you get in now, you can get last month’s and then revisit them this weekend and see if they have posted next month’s. You’ll know if they haven’t shifted if the prompt still focuses on magic. Their prompts are up for a month.

Big Tent Poetry‘s Monday offering is an intriguing prompt that will work for some of you and won’t for others, but check it out: I may have been the only person in the poetry universe who didn’t know Marvin Bell and his Dead Man Poetry. Until quite recently that is, when I was introduced to the form by a fellow poetry student. She work-shopped a marvelous version of her Dead Woman Poem and it inspired me to bring the form to you as a prompt. For an explanation of Dead Man Poetry visit the site.

Jingle Poetry‘s Monday potluck focuses on hobbies and passions and pasttimes and entertainment.

If you like picture prompts, go on over to Magpie Tales. they have a stained glass image.

Carry on Tuesday has an interesting phrase taken from the title of a Stevie Smith poem: Not waving but drowning. For the text of the poem, or to hear it read, visit the site. They also expand on the possibilities for what you might do. I suggest you not read, or listen to, the poem until your own idea is down on paper.

And last, Fiona Robyn of the River of Stones project coming in January asked those of us who know about it to post this link: . If you want to see the original post, I have a link on my sidebar.

If I do not get to my blog tomorrow, have a good weekend and I will be back Monday with a short, scaled back post.


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