Poetry Freeforall: Let Us Write

16 Aug

7:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Circle Game sung by Tom Rush — yes, I am on my desktop. Almost there. My wireless mouse died, so I am fighting with a cord, but I am on my desktop

Hullo, all. Is your weather as freaky as mine? Mid-August Atlanta and I am dressed in my woolies. The high today: 69. Let’s see what we have to warm things up.

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker is screaming for poems to refine; alright, not screaming anymore. A new voice sent in a poem, BUT he still needs poems. To read his latest refining, head over. Remember that Joseph includes a prompt when he refines.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele is asking us to write about forbidden fruit. Go on over to read the prompt and her suggestions. As always, she includes links to poems on the topic she has chosen.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has left us a list, despite leaving to take her daughter to college. Now, that is thoughtful. You will remember that I leave you in a little heap when I travel and I don’t even have her excuse, which would leave me prostrate. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has finally closed down.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine is offering homonyms on her rhyme word, so we can play even more than usual. Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have an image by Toulouse-Lautrec. It’s one of my favourites; I smiled as soon as I saw it, without realising I was doing so. If you aren’t sure what to write about — I notice there are fewer submissions than usual — write metaphorically, or in the abstract. Your poem never has to be about the painting.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, gives us the sound of silence, the song that is. Go on over and see what she suggests.

This week on Carol’s Light Words you can do much the same thing as Mary’s suggestions for her song, but adapt it to the topic. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, we are offered… songs. What is it with this week? That’s the third site to base a prompt on song. In fact, the toads have three posts based on song, so I have given you the general address.Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has another intriguing exercise. Neil wants us to write a poem that deals with context, something we all need to think about. Head over to read the prompt’s context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Tony offers us mathematical forms. He takes us through the counting series, Fibonacci numbers, triangular numbers and power series that he thinks offer great potential as the basis for poetry forms. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. We’re back to hot chocolate.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have a prompt that plays with light and one that deals with plusses and minuses, which excited me no end because I get to make columns and fold paper — I can’t help it, weird things make me happy.

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 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. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for found poetry; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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9 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Let Us Write

  1. julespaige

    16/08/2013 at 9:42 am

    Stuck my nose in for WWP… I think I’ll have to try Miz Q another time…

    I know how it is to be behind. I’m still catching up from a week away and you were gone for a portion of forever!

    • margo roby

      16/08/2013 at 9:44 am

      I like that, Jules: ‘a portion of forever’. That’s about what it feels like.

  2. barbara_

    16/08/2013 at 9:53 am

    Glad to know you’ve got your music back. All’s closer to right with the world.

    • margo roby

      16/08/2013 at 9:58 am

      Chuckle. I’m sitting here cursing the mouse, but with Joan Baez singing to me, I might not toss it over the balcony.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    16/08/2013 at 6:11 pm

    It’s a beautiful thing…Life and this post…lovely!!! :)’s

  4. jacquelinecaseypoetry

    17/08/2013 at 12:43 am

    Margo, I am greatly confused (as usual, lol). Are you saying that Joseph Harker only critiques poems that have followed his latest prompt?

    • barbara_

      18/08/2013 at 11:21 pm

      After Joseph critiques, he gives a prompt based on the best things about that poem.


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