Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompt Craziness

10 Jun

9:00 a.m. — Atlanta

While you read this, I am on the road, suitcases packed, Starbucks to hand. Posts may be shorter over the next few weeks, but I will be around.

We start our going into the weekend with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that asks: For today, try to write about an injury, one of your own or one of someone close to you. Donna gives us two examples to read, a Sharon Olds’ poem and one of Donna’s own. Head over to the Tow Truck and check out the poems and the rest of the prompt.

We sail to Writer’s Island next where the word of the week is contingent. An unusual word with interesting possibilities. Head to the island to read their definitions.

The next site is a wordling whirl of Sundays. Visit them to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle, the words of which come from responses to the previous week’s wordle. This week’s is a challenging collection. Visit to see what others have done.

The line chosen by Carry on Tuesday is : Beware thoughts that come in the night, from William Least Heat Moon’s driving memoir: Blue Highways, one of my all-time favourite reads. The book got me through a killer flu. The line has all sorts of fun possibilities.

Sunday Scribblings is back to their single word this week, with sweet and One Single Impression, offers us endure. I noticed that they say in their about: One Single Impression is a community of poets writing and sharing haiku and other poetic forms.You might check out some of the participants’ offerings.They offer us an illustration and tanka for inspiration with this week’s word.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James has two photographs ready for you to look at. I find them both compelling. If you use one, consider submitting your creation to Sunday Snaps: the Stories’  a collection of 52 photos and stories/poems. Susan is finalising submissions for her next book and has posted a deadline. Head to the stories’ link to read up on it.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays.

Jingle Poetry’s ‘Monday Potluck’ offers us the opportunity to be inspired by song. Remember to pop by and watch the video with which they accompany their prompt. Next week they are giving us Dictatorship, Autocracy, and Despotism.

Even if you don’t usually, go visit Magpie Tales. They have posted a hysterical photograph with the opportunity to take yourself and a poem in a variety of directions. I might even suggest you try writing different poems, in different voices with this one, including the object in the photograph.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: I’m going to go spare you my list of U words. UGH! They were ugly and unbefitting of this ubiquitous meme. Go on over for the rest of the intro which is presented in haiku.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are alter, fond, and tranquil. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source.

This week a cocktail of prompts! That is how We Write Poems starts its prompt. Head on over and find out what goes into the cocktail.

Poets United asks: When you see the word “Animal” what is the first creature that pops in your head? They always have more to help us choose possible paths, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and look at the stunning illustrations that accompany it.

For our last prompt we have Scribble & Scatter’sAlpha to Omega Thursdays‘. We are onto epsilon this week: The epsilon words for my ‘Alpha to Omega’ challenge are Ego and the ancient Archimedean shout of discovery, eureka!   Visit for a look at the root meanings of the words.

That should keep you entertained 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, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday for etherees, Thursday for more bookmarkable language links, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompt Craziness

  1. Dick

    12/06/2011 at 3:34 am

    So many prompt sites now, encouraging a promiscuity of output! I miss Big Tent.

  2. Margo Roby

    12/06/2011 at 9:28 am

    Hello, Dick — I agree with you. I try for a selective group with some diversity, but nothing can replace Big tent and those wonderful thoughtful prompts. The closest I have found is We Write Poems. And Brenda’s Sunday Wordle is good because she has a talent for putting words together. Donna on the Poetry Tow Truck is also worth checking.

  3. wordsandthoughtspjs

    12/06/2011 at 10:30 pm

    Me, too!


    • margo roby

      13/06/2011 at 9:13 am

      Missing Big Tent, Pamela? I know. They leave quite a hole.


  4. vivienne Blake

    13/06/2011 at 5:58 pm

    And now Writers Island is going. . Thanks for your excellent reminders of the prompt sites.

    • margo roby

      13/06/2011 at 6:07 pm

      I just heard about that, Viv. How sad. There was something delightful about visiting the island.


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