Your Poetics Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

02 May

8:06 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Gordon Lightfoot sing Steel Rail Blues and life is good

Hello, all. It has been a while and I have missed you despite seeing even more of you than usual during April. I missed you and our regular blog. When I go dark, that’s one thing. I’m expecting the break and I miss you somewhat. This time, I had no plans to not post regular blogs. Silly me.

April is certainly something. I’m already torn about next April. The thing of which I am proudest [closely followed by writing a random-ish poem for NaPoWriMo, every day ] is the Pulitzer Remix, of which you have heard me speak often. Some of you followed me on the journey and I much appreciated the company.

The experience of the Remix was enough of a game-changer in my life that I may come back to it every now and then and beg your indulgence. Should any of you be curious, I now have a tab at the top of the blog: My Pulitzer Remix Poems. There are thirty links which, hopefully, open in separate tabs. You might enjoy a dip.

We have had a slew (Isn’t this a great word? I don’t often get to use it in its meaning of ‘many’. Other meanings, to turn, swing, twist, a swampy place or, killed, just add to the fun) of new people join us this month. Welcome all. Briefly:

On Tuesdays I post a prompt, or exercise, for you to write to. The result never has to be a ‘finished’ draft and can be posted anytime. If you have a blog, that’s where you post, leaving a link in comments. If not, comments is an alternative. I try to remind people to go back after a few days to read. I will always read.

On Thursdays, I post links to places of interest to us as poets or, more generally, as writers. I will sometimes use the space to discuss an aspect of poetry. Having been through most of what this blog might cover, in the last couple of years, I haven’t done that as often, recently. You, as readers, may always send me a suggestion, question, knotty problem and ask me to take it up on a Thursday post.

On Fridays, I have a selection of sites that give out weekly prompts, and I post them with a general comment on the prompt, so that people can come to one place to check and to see if they wish to go further and visit the prompt site.

Big Poetry Giveaway winners: Renee Emerson (?) you have won a copy of Cati Porter’s new chapbook, The Way Things Move the Dark. Andrew Albert J. Ty, you have won Jee Leong Koh’s Seven Studies for a Self Portrait. Finally, our Barbara, you have won Dave Bonta’s Ode to Tools. Congratulations, everyone! Send me your mailing address and I shall ship them off. margoroby[at]

Now for a link to ease us back in:

The article is titled, ‘Slow Down Your Hectic Writing Life With a ‘Pause’ Button’ from the site Write to Done. I thought that sounded perfect for this moment. I don’t think I even need to add commentary, except to say nothing is new, but we still need reminding.

Happy writing, all.


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16 responses to “Your Poetics Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

  1. vivinfrance

    02/05/2013 at 9:09 am

    Nice to be back to normal, if exhausted!

    • margo roby

      02/05/2013 at 9:18 am

      Isn’t that so, ViV! To have what passes for normal is so lovely I could weep. I have allowed myself to sleep thirty extra minutes for two days. That allows me to be a whirlwind until my brain catches on and reminds me I am still exhausted.

  2. Pamela

    02/05/2013 at 1:35 pm

    Margo, ¿I am glad things are back to normal? I enjoyed your poems at the remix and grew very fond of your characters. Get some rest.


    • Pamela

      02/05/2013 at 1:37 pm

      Oh, I read the article, some sage advice. I try to do most of those things.

    • margo roby

      02/05/2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Pamela. Slowly but surely!


  3. Carol Carlisle

    02/05/2013 at 2:38 pm

    Yes I agree it is good to be back to normal. I couldn’t look at my computer yesterday she had become the enemy; demanding poetry like a starving beast! Your schedule helps. I’m searching for music for Dance Around Friday an ordinary thing to do for a change 🙂

    • margo roby

      02/05/2013 at 3:18 pm

      Ordinary is good! I’m looking forward to shaking it out with your choice tomorrow.

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    02/05/2013 at 3:06 pm

    Oh good!! I’m glad you have a tab for the project you did this month with the remix…I was curious about it…I still am. This month is going to be different…I have to change gears a little to get into dance/performance mode…extra practices, class and sewing costumes. So I may not be around as much as I was last month but I hope to still be around. :)’s to you and happy end of April!

    • margo roby

      02/05/2013 at 3:19 pm

      So You Think You Can dance!!! Twelve days. Oh, you mean YOUR dancing ;-D. The tab and I will be here.

  5. barbara_y

    02/05/2013 at 10:14 pm

    So glad to see reality return. *Click* Relaxation mode. Aaah.

  6. barbara_

    02/05/2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hmm. WordPress thinks I’ve already said it but, boy, is it ever nice to have you back. And to have nothing to do! I am SO not cut out for what you handle with such grace.

  7. Deborah Hammond

    04/05/2013 at 2:10 am

    Hi Margo,
    Congrats my dear, you’ve won my Big Poetry Giveaway. I’ll be sending you Sandy Diamond’s Miss Coffin and Mrs. Blood. Soon as you send me your mailing address! Best, Deb

    • margo roby

      04/05/2013 at 9:10 am

      I can’t wait to see this volume of poetry. Address is on its way. Thank you, Deb.


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