Poetics Serendipity

22 Aug

7:36 a.m. — Atlanta

Listening to Judy Collins (doesn’t that take some of us back!) singing Both Sides Now

Hullo, everyone. Are we ready for some looking around? I’m diving deep into my archives. Back in a moment. A long moment. It’s 8:08. What’s that? Um, sometimes I know the links ahead of time. Not knowing adds a certain piquancy to my task.

1] Patrick Ross, who keeps the blog The Artist’s Road, one which we have followed here for many years, offers MFA Nugget: An Entire Residency in One Tasty Bite, a wealth of information on what he has learned over the past four years. You can pick and choose, read all now, come back later, but you will learn a lot about writers and writing, and not have to leave your house, apartment, office, cave…

Hmm. 8:41. I keep stopping to read stuff. 2] How about an article that includes a video? I adore the title, What is Your Lizard Brain Telling You Today? by Lisa Rivero. Ignore the date. I told you I was going into the depths. I have quite a vault. Lisa speaks to that part of us that says: “Nope. Not good enough to submit. Nope, not yet. Nope. No-one will read it”. She includes a talk, Quieting the Lizard Brain by Seth Godin who says, ‘The genius part is getting the lizard brain to shut up long enough’.

3] Aiee! 9:20. I keep distracting myself. Final piece, How To Deal with Conflicting Critiques by Jennifer Blanchard. I don’t know if, when you ask people to comment on a poem, it drives you nuts when the advice/suggestions seem to come from polar directions. It’s not something that bothers me, but I can see it bewildering someone. Blanchard has good points and the article is short, if you resist her links (save them for a down moment). The image at the top of the article does not show on my computer. If it doesn’t show on yours, click it. I had a good laugh.

I think we had better stop there, or it will be lunchtime, and I haven’t had breakfast. These three are meaty and will keep you going for a while. I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup of prompts; Tuesday for found poetry; and next Thursday for more links to things.

Happy writing, everybody.


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6 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Quickly

    22/08/2013 at 9:44 am

    When you run out of time, switch from Eastern to Central–gives you another whole hour.

  2. Patrick Ross

    22/08/2013 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Margo! So honored you’ve included me here, and glad you find the MFA round-up of value. Hello from my cave… 🙂

  3. Pamela

    22/08/2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hi, Margo. I have been busy, but I wanted to say hi and tell you it is good to see you back. I have been storing your prompts away in a folder for a time when i am able to use them. They are always so interesting. How is life treating you? I hope well. I have taken on a new job this school year in a bilingual school. I am teaching the 6th graders, they are so cute, but they are also so full of energy and I am quite exhausted. Take care my friend.


  4. Jennifer Blanchard

    27/08/2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks so much for including me! I appreciate it, and I’m glad you found the article (and the image) useful 🙂

    • margo roby

      28/08/2013 at 7:40 am

      You are welcome, and thank you :-). I had started from another article that included a link to yours, but enjoyed your voice so much, you became the main article.


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