8:01 a.m. — Atlanta
Brrr. A little chilly in early morning Atlanta. How is everyone? Well, I hope. I’m listening to Gordon Lightfoot. I had forgotten how good he is; not exactly cheery, though. Hmmm… where is my idea notebook which usually sits right next to the computer? Hang on. Okay, got it. I am almost resettled. Just a couple of little things still [like the notebook going walkabout].
I believe I mentioned free choice. MUAHAHAHA. Is anything free? No, no, no philosophical discussions being invited. Making a point before giving you the prompt. I’d hate to have you read the next bit and say ‘Hang on’. You do have choices.
1] You are free to choose one of the exercises we did from the summer tryout schedule: imagistic poem, cinquain, diamante, long form acrostic, list poem, a summer poem from an image, or a winter poem from an image.
Choose one, or more, and write a completely new poem. You can choose one of the ones you had the most fun with, or one of the ones you had the most difficulty with and had made a note to yourself to try again, sometime. Sometime is here.
2] Look at the prompts from my Friday roundup, or another site you meant to get to and ran out of time. Here’s your chance to get to that prompt you wanted to do. This means a new, as yet unwritten, poem.
3] You want freer, you say? Go for it. Write a poem. Post.
I have enjoyed the summer run and am already planning our slate for next summer. Meanwhile, I shall see you Thursday for a little serendipity [see below]; Friday for the roundup; and next Tuesday for a post-summer, pre- new writing season exercise [a soon as I find where the heck I stashed it].
We are back in Thursday Thoughts mode, so if you have announcements, send them along; if you have a question, send it along; if you want a discussion of something, let me know. Other than that, post your poems and wander back to read others’.