Your Poetics Serendipity@ Thursday Thoughts

28 Feb

7:45 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Sandman sung by America

Hello, everyone. I hope all is well or, at least, tolerable. I have a few places for you to explore, or to escape into.

1] How many of you get excited by the mere mention of a mind map? I hear ‘mind map’ and my brain says, ‘Ooh!’. I have never stopped to analyse the reaction, but I am aware of it. Flikr has a site that gathers, at last count, 629 different mind maps. I often use mind maps in my early drafts of poems, and in writing down the words from The Sunday Whirl. As I wandered through the pages, I realised that a mind map can become a poem in itself. Even if you don’t mind map, this site has an awesome collection.

2] On the site Write to Done, I read an article, ’20 Strategies For Tackling That “Bottomless Pit” of Writing’ and found much that resonates. My theory in choosing sites for you is that if it resonates in any way with me, it will resonate with many of you, so a bottomless pit it is. Many of you will be familiar with the strategies but, if you are like me, you may have forgotten. I find rereading something like this reminds me there are escape routes. As the author, Ollin Morales, says: Warriors never fear bottomless pits. They welcome them and beat them to the dust. I love the image.

3] The web site, Creative Writing Now, is a place to get lost in. Their mission: a place ‘where you’ll find creative writing courses, ideas, prompts, free online classes, and step-by-step guides to writing fiction, poetry, and drama. CWN was created by writing teachers as a free service to provide a supportive and friendly place for authors and poets at all stages in their writing lives.’ย  I’m thinking this is particularly useful for beginning writers, but there is much to explore. As with the bottomless pit strategies, repetition never hurts. I rediscover things buried deep under all the new things I learn.

4] April cometh and you know what that means: madness in the form of National Poetry Month. Are you girding your loins? Many of you participate in Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem A Day (known affectionately as PAD), and I have seen other similar things go by. Kelli Agodon sponsors a poetry giveaway. I have participated in that for three years, now. [Hm. Note to self: Procure chapbooks for the giveaway] I will have links for all, closer to April. For now, I have the opening salvo from Check out the poster [right side, top, and the badge for blogs, left side top.

That should be enough to be doing. I shall see you tomorrow for the prompt roundup and then, not until Tuesday, March 4, for our next prompt.

Happy exploring, all.


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11 responses to “Your Poetics Serendipity@ Thursday Thoughts

  1. The Laughing Housewife

    28/02/2013 at 9:32 am

    I like the idea of mind mapping wordles. I’m going to try that one!

    • margo roby

      28/02/2013 at 1:57 pm

      It’s fun, Tilly Bud. Also, the grouping of words as I first copy them down in relation to each other usually kickstarts the idea for a poem.

      • The Laughing Housewife

        28/02/2013 at 3:44 pm

        I often pair words from a wordle. They lead to wonderful ideas.

        • vivinfrance

          01/03/2013 at 3:11 am

          I usually do that, too. If I’m really stuck I write them on scraps of paper and throw them up in the air to see what settles!

          Margo, Thanks for the reminder about mind-mapping – that was one of the first techniques we learned on my OU courses, and I’d forgotten about it, ditto rhyme-wells.

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    28/02/2013 at 12:29 pm

    A treasure trove as always, Margo! You’re a gem…thank you for these…MIND MAP!! Yup, I like the way that sounds, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Joseph Harker

    28/02/2013 at 4:29 pm

    If it’s not too much trouble: for the prompt roundup, would you mind mentioning that we are in need of some grist at the Refinery? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • margo roby

      01/03/2013 at 7:18 am

      It’s never a problem, Joseph. I’ll beat the bushes. I have been shy about sending in another, but you can always let me know if you need a poem, k?

  4. spinningblackbirds

    28/02/2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the links Margo. They’re always intetesting & I find, quite useful.
    And how true we know things that are buried beneath the new.


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