8:00 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Ka Pua U’i with Iz
Hi, everyone. Two weeks into the year and I’m exhausted! And, there are fifty to go. Let’s distract ourselves. Donna Vorreyer, who has been my lead-off for two years [since the blog started], is giving herself a break and turning her wonderful mind to new discoveries. The thought of beginning without her is rather like the thought of turning up naked to a party. With your indulgence, I shall continue to begin with her, bringing back old posts and mixing them with new.
We head back into the depths, back to Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that asks us to watch television. See. Already you like it. The exercise needs pen and paper and a show you don’t want to concentrate on except for what is asked. Intrigued? I can hear a rustle of familiarity among tow truck followers. Go on over.
More changes. Joseph Harker has started his new shtick [what! it’s early — I can’t think of the word I want] and I am pleased to have one of my poems be the first. In The Refinery, Joseph takes us through a poem and discusses three things that don’t work for him, three things that do, and for both, why. Then he has bits and bobs. One of the best ways to revise our own poetry is to revise someone else’s. Or, if revision is not a strength, to watch someone going through a poem. Go over for a look and consider sending in one of your poems.
Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele suggests we think about the old and the new and the ways in which they become interchangeable. She has some fun and fascinating suggestions for directions we can take. You may have to write more than one poem. Visit.
At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda brings us words from the Facebook status of several friends. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.
At Carry On Tuesday, Keith has chosen the opening lines of a [The] Beatles 1963 album. Yes, I did pause a moment from this to listen to it. You know me too well. Go on over to view the line and a link to the song from which it comes. You might wait until after you have written your poem.
Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.
Visit Magpie Tales for our first image prompt, a photograph by Daniel Murtagh. The composition is such that I found myself having to study the portrait for some time. It reminds me of the work of portraitists such as John Singer Sargent. Head over.
At Poetry Jam, Peggy has a new take on a new year’s poem that involves leaving something behind. Go on over to see what she says and to look at her gorgeous photo of a sunset.
Elizabeth, of 1sojournal, like Joseph, has shifted in direction, so, while not a prompt, is still an important place to go and read. She says of her new posts, I found the very beginnings of my own story as a serious writer. Discovered me, making notes about finding my own path for the next twenty years. The things that worked, and the ones that didn’t… I believe they contain that first eye-opening energy of the beginner, that one who has finally grasped a much wider concept than she has allowed herself in the past. It’s an energy I wish to share.
At Carol’s blog, Light Words, we have the first Wonder Wednesday of the year. The photograph and accompanying words provide material for a prompt. The colours in the photograph are gorgeously rich and I am intrigued by the textural quality of the ground. Visit.
At imaginary garden with real toads, I chose Ella’s Edge for this week, as it will be her last prompt for the garden. Head over to read what she says about the power of wow and to look around. Go play with the toads.
We Write Poems challenges us with its opening sentence, It strikes me, dear poets, that we invent a lot. Go find out what that’s all about.
At dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, Victoria talks about the Marshall McLuhan quote “The medium is the message” [Sounds like form = content, doesn’t it?]. Then she asks us to write an imagist poem that has an embedded message about whatever… Visit to see what she says and to read Tennyson’s poem, ‘The Kraken’. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.
Patricia K. Lichen, Author: Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us a choice of any topic discussed on her blog in the past week, as well as the comments, for a possible source. Can you resist the thought of a limerick on tailed frogs? Her topics focus on aspects of nature. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest.
Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.
If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, but the links will get you there.
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!
I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt [still vague]; Thursday for Part 2 of the state of the blog where I will briefly [for me] layout Thursdays and Fridays; and next Friday for the usual.
Happy writing, everyone.