Poetry Freeforall: Make Your Choice

06 Sep

8:08 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to One Man Band sung by Three Dog Night

Hullo, all. It looks like New England is heading into Fall. Hopefully, we’ll follow soon. Meanwhile, we write.

At Naming Constellations, Joseph Harker continues to refine. This time, he has a poem by Virginia Layton. Head over to see how it’s done, or to remind yourself of the type of things to look for in your own poetry. Don’t forget that Joseph includes a prompt at the end of his Refinery posts. This one is a good workout. Head over.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to write a poem about blame. However, she focuses on thinking about specific things as we write, on refining — this seems to be on everyone’s mind this week. Take notes.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has our list of words. Although I have not joined in, in a while, I discovered that each week’s words seem chosen for a series of poems I have been working on, so I am wordling. 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.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  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 artwork by Jeanie Tomanek. It’s one of those paintings I love the moment I see it and can’t, for the world, say why. Go look.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, talks about rust. Literal and metaphorical. She suggests we focus on tactile imagery, whichever way we go. Head on over.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph of the Bay Area’s new bridge, finally open after decades, okay, many years. I have been watching it grow from Day 1, so am particularly excited. 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.

When I first started this list Poets & Writers was part of the offerings. Let’s bring them back for a while. I will give the address for the prompt page, as I find the fiction prompts are often perfect for poetry. I suspect some of the non-fiction ones are too. This week’s poetry exercise focuses on change, with some interesting suggestions. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it’s one of those weeks where I want to include everything, so I gave you the general address. There’s a fill in the blank title prompt, a things carried prompt, and a video of one of Seamus Heaney’s poems being read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has Nicole’s [known to many of you as ravenswing] first prompt up. She titles it Culture Shock. Head over to see where she starts us.

At Poets United Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems,  visit and see what they say about details.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. Last week, Miz Q told us she is going dark for September. She leaves us several suggestions for prompts. Head over.

Everyone likes a riddle. Remember the riddle phase of childhood? At dVerse, Samuel — we all like Samuel, too, right, so that’s a twofer — gives us a prompt built on riddles. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

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 a prompt that involves an interesting form of repetition; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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4 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Make Your Choice

  1. julespaige

    06/09/2013 at 9:53 am

    I have a question. What is ARS (could be arse) poetry. Folly?
    This, my daily was folly true:

    At least when you ‘launder’ real money it seems to survive the wash!
    Little ones coming over in about an hour… so much to do…As always thanks for your Friday Fare.

    • margo roby

      06/09/2013 at 9:57 am

      It should probably be lower case ars poetica — poetry about “The Art of Poetry” or “On the Nature of Poetry”.

      I’ll be over in a bit. I’m not sure why, but I seem to have several things going on!

      • julespaige

        06/09/2013 at 12:52 pm

        Yes – that was exactly it, but I didn’t have time to look it up. Guess I write in a few styles without knowing what they are. 😉

        Take your time, looks like it is feeding time at the zoo – again…


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